Each year we provide free legal services which benefit more than 30,000 vulnerable members of our community who have nowhere else to turn for help- women, children, seniors, veterans returning from combat, people with disabilities, low wage workers and the homeless who have problems in the areas of tenants’ rights, homeownership, health, income maintenance, employment, special education, tax and consumer rights.
On October 15, 2013, the Honorable Judge John W. Thornton, Jr., of the Circuit Civil Division of Miami, installed new Board Officers and Board members of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) at an event generously hosted by Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Carlos J. Canino, Esq., of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., was installed as Board President; Jeffrey B. Crockett, Esq., of Coffey Burlington, L.L.P., as First Vice President; Lionel Lightbourne, representing the Belafonte Tacolcy Center, as Second Vice-President, Jordi Guso, Esq., of Berger Singerman, as Treasurer and Tiffani G. Lee, Esq., of Holland & Knight as Secretary.
On October 16, 2013, Shahr Emami received the Housing Justice Award at the Housing Justice Network Conference in San Francisco. This award recognizes a new and impressive talent in the field of affordable housing and low-income housing rights. Congratulations to Shahr!
Attorneys with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) successfully overturned a decision that would have removed an elderly man from the Miami-Dade Public Housing Section 8 waiting list. 80-year-old Manuel Parga contacted LSGMI after it was discovered that he had a 1982 bench warrant for a misdemeanor petit theft of two candy bars totaling 89-cents. You can view the NBC 6 story here:
Attorneys Monica Vigues Pitan of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., and Miriam Harmatz of Florida Legal Services were awarded the Florida Bar Foundation’s 2013 Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award for their successful Children’s Autism Treatment Project.
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that impoverished Florida children with autism cannot be denied a costly but proven treatment that can help them lead more productive lives.
At its annual Staff Awards Luncheon on August 21, 2013, LSGMI team members were honored for their exemplary service in support of the organization’s mission.
Staff Attorney Mary Ann David received the Alfred Feinberg Memorial Award, which celebrates the LSGMI attorney whose determination and commitment in advocating for the poor exemplifies that of Alfred Feinberg, LSGMI’s former Assistant Director of Litigation.