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36th ANNUAL VIEW FROM THE BENCH FAMILY LAW SEMINAR

Miami, FL - On November 5, 2021, it was a “family affair” with over 150 attorneys, judges, general magistrates, bar leaders, and court employees participating in the 36th Annual View from the Bench Family Law seminar. In his welcoming remarks, Gerald I. Kornreich shared his excitement with the new format and was grateful for all of the effort and innovation that went into planning the event.  Kornreich, along with his daughter and Partner Amber Kornreich, Esq., spent many hours planning, recording and formatting the event.  Former Chief Judge Joel Brown expressed his gratitude for the dedication spent putting this seminar together for the past 36 years and the importance of accepting pro bono cases. “By accepting pro bono cases from Put Something Back you provide valuable services to the legal profession, enhance the opinion of the legal profession, and provide access to the courts and much needed representation to those who cannot afford it. You also obtain tremendous personal satisfaction by accepting a case. Eleventh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Nushin Sayfie and the Honorable Samantha Ruiz-Cohen, Administrative Judge of the Family Division, presented the Ray Pearson Guardian ad Litem Awards to Nora Rotella, Esq., (2020) and Amber Glasper, Esq. (2021). Chief Judge Nushin Sayfie recognized the previous 31 Ray Pearson GAL Award Winners and thanked everyone present for taking pro bono cases. “Congratulations to all who participated in a truly wonderful CLE.  It was not only well done, there was such a spirit of friendship and collegiality. I can’t wait for next year’s program!” said Sayfie.  Judge Scott Bernstein, former Administrative Judge of the Family Division, gave his congratulations and encouraged all attendees to take a pro bono Guardian ad Litem or Family case from Put Something Back and described the impact that pro bono attorneys make when they accept cases. “There is always the need for more attorneys to take cases,” said Bernstein. Gerald I. Kornreich, Esq., who has been organizing the seminar with Dade Legal Aid for the past 36 years, moderated the new judges panel featuring Judge Christina DiRaimondo, Judge Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos, Judge Spencer Multack, Judge Victoria del Pino and Judge Veronica Diaz.  Additional speakers included former Administrative Judge Sandy Karlan, Court Administrator Eugene Carral, Nancy St. Phard of Family Court Services, Karen J. Ladis, Esq. of Legal Aid, Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen, and former Chief Judge Bertila Soto. The last presenters were Maria C. Gonzalez, Esq., who provided the annual Case Law Update and former General Magistrate Robert Jones on Legislative and Rules Update.  This seminar was free to all attorneys who agreed to accept a pro bono case from Put Something Back and would not be possible without the leadership and support of Gerald I. Kornreich, Esq. and Amber Kornreich, Esq., of Kornreich and Associates, the Family Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, the First Family Law American Inn of Court, the Miami Dade Bar Association and Put Something Back.

36th ANNUAL VIEW FROM THE BENCH FAMILY LAW SEMINAR

 

Dade Legal Aid Receives $25,000 Grant from Peacock Foundation, Inc.

Dade Legal Aid in Miami-Dade County has received a generous grant from Peacock Foundation, Inc. to support its Guardianship Protection Project for Youth and Elderly People with Disabilities. Throughout its distinguished history, Peacock Foundation, Inc. has assisted hundreds of non-profit organizations like Dade Legal Aid in their missions to improve the lives of South Floridians. Kristen Feuer, Esquire, will serve as the Lead Attorney for Dade Legal Aid’s Project. Feuer joined the organization in 2006 as a Child Advocacy Attorney representing teenagers in the foster care system. In addition to handling complex guardianship cases for older foster teens and adults in need of guardianship legal representation, she will recruit and mentor countless pro bono and staff attorneys. A thoughtful and dedicated champion of the rights of those unable to speak for themselves, she is a member of the Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship and Juvenile Courts Committees. Feuer is a frequent lecturer and has received numerous awards and accolades for her innovative legal strategies and excellence. In 2013, Feuer was a recipient of the “Circuit Team Award” from the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office for exemplary teamwork and advocacy.


 

Community Service Award

Erik C. Alexander, Vice-President, TruistWealth Legal Specialty Group, is a Miaminative with over 27 years of private banking experience and decades of community service. In addition to supporting the mission of Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back, his service includes devoting countless hours on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, South Florida Council, and on the Disaster Workforce for the  American Red Cross where he aids in disaster and humanitarian relief. We are truly grateful to Mr. Alexander and Truist for constant support and participation in probono recruitment seminars, programs and events.

Terrence Biddulph Citizenship Award

Last October, we lost one of our biggest supporters and champions - Terrence Biddulph of IberiaBank First Horizon. “Terry” spent over 35 years attending and promoting Dade Legal Aid and PutSomething Back events and was a true friend and supporter to everyone he encountered. To honor his legacy, we proudly present Idalberto “Bert” DeArmas, Senior Vice President, Iberiabank First Horizon, with the Terrence Biddulph Citizenship Award. Mr. DeArmas has over 35 years of financial planning and banking experience and has supported Put Something Back and the legal community for years. Bert is always there to lend a helping hand to support initiatives such as Battle of the Legal Bands and Speeding Lawfully Spin Challenge. We are so grateful to him and to IberiaBank First Horizon for their exceptional commitment.

Outstanding Law Student Award

Alexander Maza, a second-year law student at St. Thomas University School of Law, volunteered 180 hours during his summer internship at Put Something Back assisting with screening and referring pro bono cases, conducting legal research, and updating status of ongoing pro bono cases. The work that he performed was exceptional, and we are honored to present him with the Outstanding Law Student Award. Maza received his Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from FIU and is grateful to have an internship at Dade Legal Aid - Put Something Back and the opportunity to help people in need, especially those impacted by the pandemic who are enduring additional hardship. 


 

Dade Legal Aid Launched Class VI of its 2021 Leadership Academy

Amidst a pandemic, Dade Legal Aid launched Class VI of the Dade Legal Aid (“DLA”) Leadership Academy bringing together young leaders of our community whose distinguished resumes reflect their accomplishments as well as their concerns for the profession.  They have excelled in their areas of practice, accepted pro bono cases, hosted events, and pledged to do more for the community.  The goals of the Academy are to enhance the members’ leadership skills and civic engagement by connecting Fellows with Legal Leaders of influential firms, members of the judiciary and clients in need. During the year, Fellows will develop a deeper understanding about issues facing Dade Legal Aid clients and the indigent in our community.  Meet our 2021 Fellows:

  • Pheonix Barker, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
  • Beau BlumbergDeutsch, Blumberg & Caballero, P.A.
  • Frank FlorioGunster
  • Brianna HathawayJones Day
  • Freddy KastenRumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
  • Eric KayKozyak Tropin Throckmorton LLP
  • Klugy Mathurin, Nelson Mullins 
  • Kayla MosqueraHamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP
  • Karissa PeraltaFlorida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Alex Perez, Wadsworth, Margrey & Dixon PLLC
  • Michael's Deborah Saint-Vil, Catholic Legal Services, Inc.
  • Kimberly SlavenZebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP
  • Jeremy SolorzanoSolorzano Law PLLC 
  • Nathalie Sosa, Law Clerk, The Honorable Paul Huck
  • Mahalaxmi SubramanianReorg Research, Inc.
  • Ingrid Benson-VillegasWalton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP

Dade Legal Aid (“DLA”) provides a critical safety net of legal services for the indigent of Miami-Dade County in the areas of Family Law, Domestic Violence, Guardianship, Children & Foster Youth Advocacy, Bankruptcy, Housing, Foreclosure Defense, Probate, Nonprofits, Legal Clinics for the Self Represented, Venture Law, Taxation, CLE Educational Trainings and Community Workshops. For more information, please contact Stephanie Grosman, Staff Attorney, at 305-579-5733 ext. 2224 or sgrosman@dadelegalaid.org.