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Looking For a Few Good Lawyers: Judge, Attorney Spearhead Search for Pro Bono Lawyers

Pro Bono Lawyers, Advocates Sought to Help Southwest Florida Foster Children

In Florida courts for abused and neglected children, attorneys represent the Department of Children and Families, the Guardian ad Litem, and parents, but rarely is one there just for the child. Some have proposed changes to the system.

Howard Talenfeld, president of Florida’s Children First, a statewide advocacy organization, chairs the Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children group that is proposing the changes. “There are so many amazingly qualified guardians, but it’s time to recognize that the system is so splintered, so broken that these kids need more.”

Judge James Seals, who presides over Lee County’s dependency court, and Alicia Guerra, supervising attorney for the local guardian program, which provides court advocates for children, are trying to recruit pro-bono lawyers for children with complex legal issues and teenagers aging out of foster care.  Read the entire article here…

2 Responses to “Looking For a Few Good Lawyers: Judge, Attorney Spearhead Search for Pro Bono Lawyers”

  1. John Morgan says:

    As I commented in the actual news-press article web page, I agree with both point of views. Our economy can’t really take another office of attorneys, even though our forster youth do need them. But at the same time our society is set up in such a way, unless if money is brought into the equation there will be no involvement.

    I think a good idea would be, is if an attorney wants to get paid in this plan, they need to put up a certain amount of time into it as a volunteer… and even then I don’t think the salary should be that high at least until the economy bounces back.

    Howard, I think as a former foster youth myself (and current YouthSHINE member) I am qualified enough to say thank you for the work that you do!


  2. admin says:

    Unfortunately, we have a documented history that volunteer systems can’t begin to address the need. Children cannot wait for volunteers to return home, find new families or for critically needed services. Besides, we have already proven that attorneys redice the costs of care.

    Howard Talenfeld

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