Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to provide civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer. A statewide support center, dedicated to ensuring poor people have equal access to justice, FLS fulfills its mission primarily by working with local legal aid and legal service programs to improve their ability to provide legal assistance to those in need in their communities. Providing service delivery coordination, training, case consultation and technical assistance to all legal service providers in Florida, FLS also is the coordinating organization for the first in the nation comprehensive Florida Supreme Court Voluntary Pro Bono Attorney Plan.
FLS July 2012 Docket Published - Check it out.
Rob Williams Honored By the White House
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day 2012, the White House honored 10 leaders
who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated themselves to improving the lives
of others throughout their community and across the Nation. The Cesar
Chavez Champions of Change were honored at a ceremony at the White House
last month. Among the honorees was Rob Williams of Florida Legal
Services, Inc. From the White House Press release:
Chuck Elsesser Honored With Prestigious NLADA's Kutak-Dodds Prize
For most of the last 33 years, Charles Elsesser has tirelessly worked as an advocate for low-income people covering a wide swath of legal issues, from affordable housing to welfare. As the senior litigation attorney with Florida Legal Services, Inc., he principally engages in the representation of community organizations in complex and class action litigation in federal court involving housing and disaster-related issues, as well as naturalization and public benefits. Read more and see the plaque!
Legal services embodies two basic principles: fidelity to our clients, and commitment to our community which is bound together by our devotion to equal justice.
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Florida Legal Services, Inc.