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.
Anna Tomica took on the Medicaid system when it tried to reduce the hours it would pay to care for her disabled 9-year-old son. Without that care, Tomica would have had to leave one of her two jobs and watch her dream of becoming a nurse disappear. But, with the help of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Tomica won the legal battle.
Federal prosecutors teamed up with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. attorneys under a novel use of the False Claims Act targeting Section 8 landlords who shake down low-income tenants for extra rent.
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On April 10th, 2013, 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Beatrice Butchko and County Court Judge Carlos Guzman were guest speakers at a “Meet the Judges” Luncheon with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.’s attorneys. Carlos Canino, First Vice President of LSGMI’s Board of Directors and shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., participated in the luncheon and introduced the judges.
A default judgment of eviction was entered against Ms. Williams when she missed her mediation due to a doctor's appointment related to her high risk pregnancy. LSGMI Staff Attorney Evian White successfully argued an appeal from the County Court decision denying Ms. Williams an evidentiary hearing on her verified emergency motion to vacate the judgment of eviction.
The Legal Education Institute is an opportunity for providers and community groups to be trained on legal issues concerning low-income people. The Institute is also a forum for dialogue and enhanced collaboration.
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Shirley passed away peacefully on March 26, 2013. A long-time Executive Assistant at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Shirley worked tirelessly to support the organization’s mission of equal justice. Shirley was the consummate professional, religiously coming to work each day even as her health declined. A devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, she was loved by all and will be dearly missed. LSGMI will hold a private memorial to celebrate her life.
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After eight years in the military and a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dustin Lewis drifted onto the streets of Fort Lauderdale and into an abyss of cocaine and marijuana.
His wife left him. He hasn’t seen his two children in years. But in recent months, Lewis has gotten clean, moved into a veterans’ transition home and, on Saturday, found himself enjoying a simple pleasure: a haircut.