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Executive Directors Message – December

Executive Directors Message by Karen Josefsberg Ladis 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  We have had a challenging and productive year filled with an array of engaging programs serving thousands of diverse clients, family members and populations and providing countless opportunities to volunteers.  In 2018, we expanded offices in South Dade, piloted Patent Pro Bono across Florida and participated in the Collaborative Law Program among other innovations. We give thanks to many partners for a successful year: the Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Probate & Guardianship, Intellectual Property, Immigration, Family Law and other Committees and Bar Leadership for supporting and co-sponsoring numerous pro bono initiatives.  We are also extremely grateful to our Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Bar Foundation for ongoing leadership and support of our programs.  We recognize each of our community partners, individual attorneys, 100% law firms, the Courts, law schools and voluntary bar associations for making the impossible possible!! We are privileged to work closely with so many dedicated organizations including Arts Business Council, Miami-Dade FAWL Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Miami Kendall Bar, DCDB, Wilkie D.Ferguson, Jr., Bar, Gwen S. Cherry Bar, Catholic Legal Services, Guardian ad Litem Program, Haitian Lawyers Association, Caribbean Bar, Catholic Legal Services, Survivor Pathways, AIJ, Mujer, DIG, local law schools and many others…  Because of YOU, our partners and supporters, we continued strengthening community collaborations to best meet the needs throughout our community.    

In 2019, we have big plans as we turn seventy years old!!  Be on the look out for invitations and announcements to join us at  70 pro bono recruitment events in 2019 to commemorate 70 years of service to the indigent and low income communities across Miami-Dade!!  Please save the date APRIL 13, 2019 for our Anniversary Celebration and MAY 17 for our Recognition Luncheon.  Please contact us to meet with our dedicated team to learn how you and your firm can be the one to make a meaningful difference in 2019 (305)-579-5733 ext. 2245 or

Thank you for being one of our gifted, dedicated, resourceful volunteers – it doesn’t take a lot to make this world a better place– it just takes you!!  As always, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, taking on a new pro bono case, or co-counseling with one of our staff attorneys, please contact We have over 20 pending referral in the areas of Family Law, Child Advocacy, Guardian ad Litem, Probate, Guardianship, Immigration, Real Property, Appeals, Patent and Bankruptcy.   

On behalf of everyone at Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back, thank you for your support and assistance. We look forward to a wonderful 2019!

Best wishes for a safe and memorable holiday,

Karen J. Ladis