NAPIL fellows come to the aid of the less fortunate.Two women are working hard to help those less fortunate, thanks to a partnership between the National Association for Public Interest Law and The Florida Bar The Florida Bar is the mandatory state bar association for the state of Florida. It is the third largest such bar association in the United States. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. .
In November 2000, 10 new lawyers embarked on year-long fellowships with community-based, nonprofit organizations Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. throughout the state, with half of the funding provided by NAPIL NAPIL National Association for Public Interest Law ( now Equal Justice Works)
NAPIL Network Application Programming Interface Layer . The Florida Bar, the Bar Foundation, and Greenberg Traurig Greenberg Traurig LLP is an international law firm with approximately 1,700 attorneys and governmental professionals in 29 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Its presence in Europe is supplemented by strategic alliances with Olswang (offices in London, United Kingdom (with help from Lowndes, Drosnick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, the Quantom Foundation, and other individual contributors), formed a partnership to provide matching funds Noun 1. matching funds - funds that will be supplied in an amount matching the funds available from other sources
cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource - assets in the form of money -- all totaling $880,000.
Through its contributions last year, the Bar helped send Barbara Stallings, a 1999 graduate of Stetson University College of Law Stetson University College of Law, founded in 1900, is Florida's first law school. Located in Gulfport, FL (moving to the city in 1954 from its original location in DeLand), it also has a campus in Tampa, FL. The law school occupies a historic 1920s resort hotel, the Rolyat. , and Laverne Largie, a 2000 graduate of Nova Southeastern University History
Originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, the university was chartered by the state of Florida in 1964 as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. law school, to work at legal services legal services n. the work performed by a lawyer for a client. programs in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, respectively.
"I have visited with both of them and I'm really impressed with the results they've obtained in their projects," said Paul Doyle
Stallings and Largie released their six-month reports recently, chronicling the halfway point in their fellowships.
"I have grown personally and professionally," Stallings said of her work with Bay Area Legal Services' Relative' Caregiver Advocacy Program.
She estimates she has directly assisted 26 individual clients and their families, trained almost 150 people at seven separate events, and reached over 4,500 people in the community through educational materials she produced.
"I think it's remarkable what she's doing, helping to place children with caring family members instead of in foster homes," Doyle said.
Despite her success, Stallings isn't satisfied ... yet.
"Although I am very pleased with this accomplishment," she said, "I would like to increase the number, of clients that I am able to provide direct services."
And she's already taken steps to do just that.
Largie also has tasted success, through her work with the Broward Employment and Training Administration project of Legal Aid Services of Broward County -- a welfare-to-work program that helps low-income residents get education and jobs to boost their standard of living.
"The past six months have been a great, rewarding, learning, and growth experience for me," she said. "My project has had a great impact on the surrounding community."
Doyle agreed Largie's project is "a really critical project in terms of helping to make welfare reform work. She's had a lot of success in making sure it works for the people involved."
Largie was able to provide direct non litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. services (consultation, intake, and referrals) to more than 100 members of the community she serves. She reached an additional 284 people through community education and training, and more than 1,000 people have received education materials she has produced.
"I have learned to overcome obstacles, to fight for what I believe is just, and to never give up when it looks hopeless," Largie said. "Professionally, I've learned a lot about public interest law, constitutional law, and have had experience filing suits against several agencies."
The women were asked to convey in their reports their most gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. experiences as fellows.
During the initial months of her fellowship, Stallings received a referral from the Bay Area Legal Volunteers Program involving nine children orphaned by their biological parents. The parents had died as a result of AIDS, and seven of the nine children were separated following the death of their parents.
Stallings helped the children's aunt and uncle, who opted to become the children's primary caregivers, receive social and economic benefits needed to care for the children -- two of whom are HIV-infected.
"These experiences have enhanced my legal skills and my knowledge base regarding community resources," she said. "As such, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous organizations and individuals and enhance my knowledge of relative caregiver issues, and to ensure my clients receive the support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services that they desperately need and deserve."
Largie filed a suit on behalf of a single parent of four children who was denied education and training. The client was denied services because he had already obtained a bachelor's degree, which Largie argued was a lack of due process. The organization had previously provided training to other degree-holders.
A settlement agreement was reached as a result of Largie's advocacy, and the client was awarded a training stipend sti·pend
A fixed and regular payment, such as a salary for services rendered or an allowance.
[Middle English stipendie, from Old French, from Latin st and other support services to help him get through school. More importantly, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Largie, due process procedures are being established for Broward County residents who encounter similar problems.
"I have grown to truly love what I am doing," she said. "I feel like I'm doing good work on behalf of my community and others. ... I think that I've grown the most in my realization of client difficulties. I have been able to realize that it is extremely hard sometimes for my clients to be able to focus on an education when they have. to also worry about things like food, domestic violence, evictions, clothing needs, and drug and alcohol abuse problems."