Family law is one of those areas of practice with a lot of repetition. I often feel as though I could tell every client’s story for them after listening for five minutes in the initial consultation.
I have been planning this article since fall 2015, with 100 thoughts toward any number of soapboxes that I might climb upon to raise awareness regarding some perceived transgression or injustice to the men and women we represent every day as attorneys.
Pro bono spotlight:Robinson helps wounded veteranget new start By Kathy Para, The JBA Pro Bono Committee Chair A veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was referred to the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership for assistance with his child support, dissolution
“My parents didn’t know when they forced me to take piano and tap dancing lessons that it would save my life,” said Holocaust survivor Bob Fischer, who was only 6 when he was imprisoned in the Nazi’s Theresienstadt Ghetto camp.
I always thought I would be a lawyer. My grandfather was an attorney in South Carolina who had come from very little and who worked his way through Harvard law. He believed in a legal education for the plain purpose of helping people and I loved that idea as a child.
What happens when a child is removed from the court’s jurisdiction by a parent and there is no custody order?
From left, attorney Craig Gibbs, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association President Katherine Schnauss Naugle, association Secretary Banda deLane Crawford, association Vice President Rachel Rall, association Vice President Susannah Collins and guest speaker attorney Nancy Stuparich of Florida Lawyers Mutual. Stuparich spoke on “How to Prevent Malpractice” at the association’s March 14 lunch meeting at The River Club.
It’s the message of the Florida Bar Foundation’s and the Florida Bar’s One Campaign to encourage pro bono service. At Pro Bono Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, we see this simple message in action every day.
For most people, there is usually an instance in their lives in which they have legal questions that need to be answered or a legal matter that they are hesitant to face.
However, many people don’t have the money to speak to an attorney and, in fact, may not actually have a legal issue.
At an “Ask-A-Lawyer” event, people have an opportunity to ask questions of pro bono attorneys in brief face-to-face interviews.