SHARON L. LANGER A 1979 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, Ms. Langer has been the Executive Director of Dade Legal Aid since 1986. Ms. Langer has served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, many Florida Bar committees including serving as the Legislative Chair, Vice Chair of The Florida Bar’s Legal Needs Of Children Commission for three years and still serves on the Commission to date. Ms Langer has served on numerous community boards, including the Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board, the Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, the Eleventh Circuit Domestic Violence Standing Committee, The Women’s Political Caucus, The Journey Institute and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Casa Valentina, a group home to help young women in the foster care system transition into independent living. Ms. Langer has received numerous honors for her community service and distinguished career as a tireless advocate for the protection of children, women, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable population , including the “For the Love of Children 2005” award by the Dade County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, “Women Who Make a Difference 2005” by the Junior League of Miami, “South Florida’s Unsung Heroes 2010” by the American Inns of Court (Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter) and the 2011 Johnnie Ridgely President’s Award by the Dade County Bar Association. Email Sharon Langer
JUANITA CENDAN Ms. Cendan is the Senior Supervising Attorney for the Family Division. Ms. Cendan is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and practiced law in New Jersey for several years before moving to Florida. Working with Dade Legal Aid since 1990, she trains, oversees and assists staff attorneys, as well as legal interns and coordinates family law outreach programs to migrant farmworkers. Ms. Cendan is a member of the Family Violence Service Prevention Network and Connect Familias Boards and she is fluent in Spanish.
KAREN JOSEFSBERG LADIS Ms. Ladis is a Senior Attorney and Project Director of “Put Something Back” (“PSB”), Dade Legal Aid’s award winning pro bono program since 1991. Ms. Ladis coordinates Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, 100% Law Firm Programs for Solo, Mid-Size and Large Law Firm practices, Grant Applications, CyPres Awards and Other Initiatives, Educational and Community Trainings, Pro Se Clinics and Special Projects. “PSB” has grown to include over 6,000 dedicated volunteers, 200+ law firm stakeholders and dozens of law school partnerships. Ms. Ladis served as an Editor of the Dade County Bar Association’s monthly publication, The Bulletin for four years and co-chaired the Public Service Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Attorneys Division for two years, serving on the Young Leadership Council for four years, and has mentored hundreds of law students and young lawyers throughout her career. She was born and raised in Miami, FL, and received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1987, and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1990. Ms. Ladis serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono, the Board of Directors of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association.
BRUCE LEVINE Mr. Levine is a Senior Attorney and Project Coordinator of the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project. Mr. Levine oversees the intake and referral of thousands of clients that come through the doors of Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Program. In addition, he coordinates the hundreds of law school, undergraduate, and high school interns at Dade Legal Aid. Mr. Levine has served as Vice-Chair of the Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and is currently a member of the Dade County Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Committee. He is a Past-President of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association and a recipient of the Kay Meyers Pro Bono Coordinator Award from that organization for his dedication and activism in the community. Mr. Levine was born and raised in Hollywood, CA, and received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from Whittier Law School.
ELIZABETH HUBBART Practicing since 1996, Ms. Hubbart chose public service law over private practice after volunteering at Dade Legal Aid, where she is now a Senior Attorney and staffs a stand-alone guardianship department , representing over 700 legal guardians of low-income incapacitated individuals. Ms. Hubbart is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, and is the author of two articles published in legal journals: “When Worlds Collide: The Intersection of Insurance and Motion Pictures” published in the University of Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and “Inverse Condemnation and America’s Decaying Infrastructure” published by the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Ms. Hubbart has been honored with the Dade County Bar Association’s Robert L. Shevin Public Service Award and awards from the DCBA Probate and Guardianship Committee, as well as the Guardian Angel Award from the South Florida Guardianship Association (2007). She chaired a Florida Bar Grievance Committee (2004), served on the Government Lawyers Committee of the Florida Bar and currently serves with the DCBA Probate and Guardianship Committee.
N. BRENDA RIVERA-LOPEZ Ms. Rivera is the Senior Supervising Attorney for the Domestic Violence Division. She has been with Dade Legal Aid since 1997 when she was hired to establish a satellite office of Dade Legal Aid in Homestead representing victims of domestic violence. She is an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law where she directs the Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic and she is faculty to the National Council of Family Law and Juvenile Judges. Ms. Rivera received the Victim Service Professional of the Year in 2000 and the St. Thomas University School of Law Arete Award for commitment to public service in 2003. Ms. Rivera’s community involvement includes Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, MUJER Board Member (1999-2008); Domestic Violence Oversight Board Member (2006-2008) and WeCare South Dade Board Member (2004-2009). Ms. Rivera was born and raised in Miami and is fluent in Spanish.
WENDY L. ROBBINS Ms. Robbins is a Senior Attorney with Dade Legal Aid practicing Family Law, Domestic Violence, Dependency, and Administrative Law for the past 13 ½ years. In addition to her “normal” family law cases, she is the Project Attorney for several projects, the Transitioning Youth Administrative Appeals Project and the Foster Youth Legal Services Referral Project, where she represents former foster youth with various legal issues. She also lectures and is a trainer at several Florida Legal Services trainings and NITA trainings. Prior to coming on board at Legal Aid, Ms. Robbins practiced civil litigation in Lake Worth, Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where she is a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the Highest Honor Attainable at the University of Miami, and is a second generation native Miamian.
MARK R. BROWN Mr. Brown is a Senior Attorney with Dade Legal Aid. In 2000, upon graduation from St. Thomas University School of Law, Mr. Brown began as a staff attorney for Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Project where he coordinated CLE seminars, small claims clinics and managed hundreds of cases. In 2001, Mr. Brown transferred to Legal Aid’s Miami Beach Domestic Violence Project where he represented hundreds of petitioners at domestic violence hearings over a two year span. Next, he joined the Family Law Division of Legal Aid where he has been practicing ever since. He represents families in all aspects of family law and is a frequent lecturer, mentor and pro bono advocate.
GINA BEOVIDES Ms. Beovides graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration in 2002, and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 2005 from University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Beovides has been a staff attorney for Dade Legal Aid since 2006, representing countless victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence in civil injunction proceedings. In 2011, the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Florida along with the Coral Gables Police Department honored Ms. Beovides with the Equal Justice for All Award for her dedication as a community advocate for victims of crimes. In 2011, she was elected to serve on the Cuban American Bar Association Board of Directors. In 2012, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo appointed Ms. Beovides to the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board. Ms. Beovides is also the Co-Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Family Law Section Domestic Violence Committee.
YOLANDE HENRY A member of the Florida Bar since 2003, Ms. Henry graduated from St. Thomas University Law School and practices in the Family Law Division of Dade Legal Aid. Her practice includes paternity, custody and divorce cases. Ms. Henry is also licensed to practice in the Southern District of Florida and is a member of the Dade County Bar Association.
EVITA LLAGUNO-FERIA Ms. LLaguno-Feria has worked at Dade Legal Aid since 2006 as a full time Family Staff Attorney representing clients in divorce, paternity and temporary relative custody cases. Prior to her employment, she interned at Dade Legal Aid through St. Thomas Law School’s year-long Family Law Clinic program. During her internship, Mrs. Llaguno-Feria had the opportunity to represent (in a supervised capacity) Domestic Violence victims at their Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence hearings. Mrs. Llaguno-Feria is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of The Florida Bar.
STEPHANIE GROSMAN Ms. Grosman has been with Dade Legal Aid since late 2006 and is currently a Family Law Staff Attorney. Prior to delving into Family Law, Ms. Grosman worked as a Domestic Violence Attorney representing victims’ rights in domestic violence injunction hearings. She earned her J.D. from Stetson University’s College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL and her B.A. from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. She volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem with Put Something Back and serves as a Mentor to pro bono attorneys handling family law cases through Put Something Back. She is the newest member on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. Ms. Grosman penned an article titled “Lawyers Can Lend a Hand by Doing Pro Bono Work” which was published in the Miami Herald in 2008. She is fluent in Spanish, licensed by The Florida Bar and a member of both the Dade County and Cuban American Bar Associations.
STEVEN PAULSON Mr. Paulson graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004. He has practiced public interest law since April of 2005, first in the Miami Beach Domestic Violence Project located in the Miami Beach Police Station, and now under the Victims of Crime Act Project in the Dade County Bar Association Building located in Downtown Miami. He handles a high-volume practice specializing in domestic violence and family law matters and has represented victims in over 1,000 bench trials. In addition to representing victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence and Repeat Violence in Permanent Restraining Order hearings, Mr. Paulson trains and supervises new-hire attorneys and certified legal interns. He also participates in outreach programs, training service providers, victim advocates and police officers. He is President of the South Miami-Kendall Bar Association and is a Board President of WeCare of South Dade, Inc. Mr. Paulson is also admitted to practice in the Middle and Southern District of Florida and is fluent in Spanish.
MICHELLE ORTIZ A 2004 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law (cum laude), Ms. Ortiz began her legal career in the office of the General Counsel for United Automobile Insurance Company and was the managing partner of Pacheco Perez Ortiz P.A. where she served as outside Counsel for United Automobile Insurance Company and helped develop the Family practice for the firm. Ms. Ortiz joined Dade Legal Aid as a family lawyer in January 2011. Ms. Ortiz is fluent in Spanish, admitted to practice in the Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court and is an active member of the Colombian Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, and South Miami/Kendall Bar Association.
MELISSA ARROJAS (formerly LOBOGUERRERO) Ms. Arrojas was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2010 and began her career at Dade Legal Aid working as Webmaster for the Miami-Dade County Pro Bono Project website www.dadecountyprobono.org before moving into Dade Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Unit. She currently works with the Child Advocacy Project representing teenagers in the foster care system.
NIKKI WEISBURD Ms. Weisburd joined the Child Advocacy Project at the end of 2004, after working with Dade Legal Aid and Voices for Children America to write “Achieving Independence”, the first training book for Miami attorneys representing youth aging out of foster care. The training manuals that Ms. Weisburd produced over the years have been used to train new judges and attorneys in the dependency court system. Prior to her work with Miami foster youth, Ms. Weisburd worked as a corporate technology associate in the Atlanta office of Hunton & Williams. An alumna of Emory University and Emory University School of Law, Ms. Weisburd began her career as an advance staff member for Vice President Al Gore, as well as the Clinton/Gore 1996 presidential campaign. Ms. Weisburd is currently an active board member of the City of Miami Beach Commission for Women as well as several other community boards of directors.
KRISTEN FEUER (formerly HOLT) Ms. Feuer, a native Miamian, is a graduate of the New England School of Law and has been a member of the Florida Bar and its Young Lawyers Section since 2005. Ms. Feuer joined Dade Legal Aid in 2006 where she works with the Child Advocacy Project, representing teenagers in the foster care system. In 2008, Ms. Feuer received the First Annual Guardian ad Litem “Thinking Outside the Box” Award for her innovative and creative legal strategies. In 2012, Ms. Feuer was named the 11th Circuit Champion Attorney in the area of Independent Living by the Guardian Ad Litem Program.
DANA VIGGIANO (formerly DAVIS) Ms. Viggiano is a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law. She first joined Dade Legal Aid as a certified intern in 2008 in the Domestic Violence Unit and represented victims of domestic violence under the supervision of an attorney. After graduation, she began working with the Child Advocacy Project representing teens aged 14-19 years in dependency proceedings and assisting them with the transition from foster care to independent living.
DESIREE MARENGO Ms. Marengo has been a full time Dade Legal Aid attorney since January of 2013, after doing a fellowship through the University of Miami Legal Corps program. After graduating Florida State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Psychology, she worked as a case manager at the Village South Rehabilitation Center for two years, specifically with adults with substance abuse issues who have children and with adolescents suffering from addiction. She then attended the University of Miami School of Law where she was a clinical intern with the Children and Youth Law Clinic before graduating and being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012. Ms. Marengo practices in the guardianship department with a focus on incapacitated former foster youth.