On August 3, 2013, local attorney Bryan Paschal took home the Bilzin Sumberg Trophy for the Second Annual Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition. Retired Judge David Gersten (Bilzin Sumberg) and Jane Muir (Gersten & Muir, P.A.) spearheaded the competition benefitting Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI).
LSGMI Attorney Lissie Salazar was recently successful in the appeal of the entry of a default judgment in an eviction case. The 11th Judicial Circuit Court Appellate Division found that Salazar’s Motion to Determine Rent was proper because the exhibits attached to the eviction complaint were confusing, and that the lower court abused its discretion in entering the default judgment for failure to deposit rent into the court registry. The case was remanded for a trial on the merits.
"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.
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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