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Talenfeld to Chair Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee

May 11th, 2009   No Comments   News & Events

Children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld has been appointed to chair the Florida Bar Association’s Legal Needs of Children Committee.


Talenfeld to chair Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee

“I set out to appoint the best-qualified people for the job, taking into account their participation in the past, diversity and commitment to the committee,” Jesse Diner, President-Elect of the Florida Bar, said in making the announcement of new committee chairs.

“I am excited about being named to chair this vital committee,” Talenfeld said. “We have a critical mission that needs to be completed—obtaining quality representation for every child in the foster care system. With some of the best child advocates in the state on this committee, we have the opportunity to succeed over the next year.”

Talenfeld is a long-time advocate and pioneer in the fight to protect the rights and needs of society’s most vulnerable citizens, including foster children, the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill.

He has helped write regulations and statutes, and protected the status and care of these citizens. He helped write Florida’s Foster Children Bill of Rights, worked on Florida’s Guardian ad Litem pilot project to represent foster children in Dependency Court, and craft Florida’s breakthrough interagency education bill for foster children.

In 2002, Talenfeld was one of the founders of Florida’s Children First (“FCF”). This statewide not-for-profit organization ensures appropriate representation and advocacy for foster kids’ educational, health and mental health care issues. As President of FCF – the Florida Bar Foundation’s largest grantee – Talenfeld has recruited and trained hundreds of Florida lawyers, and frequently volunteers for dependency cases.

For his efforts, Talenfeld was awarded the Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award for the 17th Judicial Circuit (2005), Family Central’s Kathleen Wright Award (2002); Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Broward Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (2000); and the Russell Carlisle Advocacy Award from Legal Aid Service of Broward County (2004).

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