JULY BRIEFS FROM DADE LEGAL AID
Message from Karen J. Ladis, Executor
I hope you are staying safe and well during this crisis. The pandemic is impacting the legal community like never before. With local lockdowns and curfews, now more than ever, we are experiencing a surge in requests for our help with Family Law, Domestic Violence, Probate, Evictions, Collections & Bankruptcy matters. Our in-house staff and pro bono team are committed to doing everything we can to meet the increased needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct legal representation has a tremendous impact on the quality of life for Miami-Dade's indigent population. Now is the time to step in to volunteer to handle one of our pre-screened cases for a low income resident facing financial uncertainty, eviction, divorce or domestic violence. Please let us know if you and your firm are able to assist a low income client and donate your resources to help us achieve access to justice for all. Thank you to the many attorneys and firms for generously donating their time and firm resources to help us provide free legal assistance to disadvantaged indidviduals, families and nonprofits during these difficult times. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our participants.
This week, we say farewell and thank you to Hayley Goodman, HOPE Summer Fellow, 2L, University of Miami School of Law. Throughout the summer, Hayley has assisted the Guardianship Department with client interviews, drafting pleadings and legal research and has attended vitrual hearings, remote meetings and office events. We are so grateful to her and to UMHOPE.
Our Child Advocacy Project Coordinator, Nikki Weisburd, Esquire, has also been extremely busy during this period of working remotely monitoring the changing graduation requirements for Miami-Dade Public Schools impacting Foster Youth to make sure they will graduate on time. Our team is advocating to get expenses covered for youth who lost their part-time jobs so they will still have some income, working with doctors to obtain coverage for children who are being denied treatment although they qualify for services, and finding a new placement for a youth who was on the run. We have actively contacted our Child Advocacy pro bono attorneys for updates on their cases and are grateful for the requests for new cases from attorneys throughout the community.
To support our legal advocacy, please consider a charitable donation to the Dade Legal Aid Fund at The Miami Foundation (EIN #650350357). You may donate online on our website at the Donate tab or via check, credit card, or stock via mail or wire transfer to The Miami Foundation, 40 NW 3 Street, Suite 305, Miami, FL 33128 with special instructions that the designation is for the Dade Legal Aid Fund.
All Donors receive a Charitable Letter for Tax-deductible purposes. If you or your firm have time and want to volunteer remotely, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Dear Volunteers and Firms:
Thank you for being ready, willing and present to serve our community during this crisis. Dade Legal Aid is following guidance issued by the authorities to reduce the threat of COVID-19 and we are taking all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard the health and well-being of our staff, families, clients, and volunteers, including having the lobby, stairwell, and all common areas professionally cleaned and purchasing the necessary PPE. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all parties involved, and in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC, we continue to work remotely and will remain accessible to our clients, the courts, stakeholders, each other and the community via email and phone. As the courts are closed, please reschedule all upcoming in person meetings and appointments. We will continue to evaluate the situation and remain fully available to our clients and the legal community remotely until further notice.
Please take all preventative measures to minimize the further spread of the virus during these unchartered times and follow best practices for preventing exposure and illness. Although we are physically closed, please stay up to date with notifications and recommendations from the CDC and WHO or visit our Covid - 19 page for additional resources. I hope you and your families remain safe and well, and that I will see you soon!
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone for your support and cooperation. We appreciate you and hope to see you soon.
Karen Ladis, Esq.