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 May 30 & 31, 2013, Oxana Cardini, Director of Finance, represented Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., at the FICPA’s Not-For-Profit Organizations Conference in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida.
"It is a singular honor for me to be recognized by my colleagues for providing zealous advocacy and financial support to those in our community who cannot afford effective legal representation — the least, last, lost, looked over, and left out," Smith said.
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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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