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Executive Directors Message – August

Executive Directors Message by Karen Josefsberg Ladis 

We have a wide array of engaging programs for you this Fall and are excited to partner with our bar association, young lawyers association, law firms and voluntary bar associations! This year we are taking our show on the road and will be coming to meet you at your firm to highlight the needs as well as the impact of Legal Aid in our community.  Be on the look out for an exclusive invitation to meet with our dedicated team or to schedule your one on one meeting to learn how you and your firm can make a meaningful difference,  please call 305-579-5733 ext. 2252 or email

Last month, I had the privilege of attending the DCBA Annual Retreat in Boca Raton along with colleagues Bruce Levine, Pro Bono Coordinator, and Stephanie Grosman, Family Law Staff Attorney, Mentor and Leadership Academy Coordinator. At the retreat we began planning substantive CLE seminars, diverse programs and signature events for 2018-19 with DCBA, YLS, Committee Chairs and other stakeholders.  As our annual recruitment campaign winds down, we welcomed over 200 new attorneys who agreed to accept pro bono cases and acknowledged hundreds more who renewed their commitment to Put Something Back, the official pro bono clearinghouse of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Because of you, Put Something Back pro bono provides cutting edge free civil legal help to women, children, families and foster youth.  Thank you for being one of our gifted, dedicated volunteers – it doesn’t take a lot to make this world a better place– it just takes you!!

If you are interested in taking on another case, please contact Bruce Levine We have over 30 cases waiting for YOU in the areas of Family Law, Child Advocacy, Guardian ad Litem, Probate, Guardianship, Immigration, Real Property, and Bankruptcy.   

Upcoming Events:

Arts Legal Clinic– “Legal Clinic for Creatives” on August 7 from 5:30 – 8 pm at WeWork on Miami Beach.  Put Something Back pro bono’s attorneys will provide one to one consultations on Copyright, Trademark, Contracts, Patents, Licensing, Freelance Agreements, By-laws & Articles, Incorporation and more.

Venture Law Project – Every startup should have the opportunity to begin on solid legal footing.  Put Something Back is accepting new client applications for qualifying startups unable to afford an attorney on their own.  Seasoned staff screen and review potential cases for income eligibility and qualifications. Join veteran business lawyer Mark Stein @The LAB Miami on August 29.

Immigration Seminar on DACA –  Join us on September 21, 2018 for a free CLE Seminar on the topic of DACA & Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in conjunction with the DCBA Immigration Law Committee, DCBA YLS, Caribbean Bar Assn., Haitian Lawyers Assn., Gwen Cherry Bar Assn., Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Assn.,  South Miami Kendall Bar Assn., Miami-Dade FAWL, AIJ, Catholic Charities and hosted by Holland & Knight. Attendees are asked to accept one immigration pro bono case.

SSDI Appeals Lunch & Learn Training with Disability Independence Group –  On October 3, DIG and Dade Legal Aid, Catalyst Miami and DCBA YLS will host a free lunchtime CLE seminar to recruit attorneys for SSDI Appeals for persons with disabilities.

ABA Pro Bono Week–  October 22 – 26We want to hear from you!! Please send us your success stories so we can feature you during the annual ABA Pro Bono Week celebration.  Stay tuned for updates as to programs and events. 

Patently Impossible Project– On November 1, 2018, the DCBA Intellectual Property Committee and South Florida Intellectual Property Community are hosting the Ninth Annual Patently Impossible Project at de la Cruz Collection!  This signature fundraiser event features a cocktail reception, silent auction and charity race to assemble an invention and is chaired by Jaime Rich Vining, of Friedland Vining. Join our growing list of sponsors: Akerman, Bast Amron, DBR, Panter Panter & Sampedro, DCBA YLS, Themis Law Review, Miami-Dade FAWL, Corsearch, DLE Legal, Ius Juris, IBERIABANK, S. Fla Paralegal Assn., and more… To sponsor, donate or participate please email    

On behalf of everyone at Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back, thank you for your support and assistance. We look forward to 2018-19!

Best wishes,