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Latasha Cooper

  • Hosted by Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Orlando, Florida
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Latasha Cooper is a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). Prior to joining the DRLC, Latasha worked as a licensed real estate professional, providing her with knowledge of the local area and a proven record as a valuable housing, landlord-tenant, foreclosure and building resource. Latasha has also volunteered with the Orange County Bar Association “Wills for Heroes” program and interned with the 18th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s Office. She graduated with a B.S. in political science from the University of Central Florida and attended Florida A&M University College of Law.

Latasha’s project is designed to increase access to civil legal assistance for households affected by the three big hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Her project covers a twelve-county geographic scope in mid-Florida that includes nine office locations with flexibility to move throughout these areas to provide legal assistance to affected households, which includes low-income, veteran, and disabled individuals. Areas of focus include any of those services that an affected household might encounter in disaster, such as legal document replacement assistance, housing issue assistance dealing with landlord-tenant or foreclosure mitigation, FEMA and insurance claims and appeals, consumer issues for contractor assistance, and public benefit assistance. Latasha participates in outreach activities, leverages area volunteer/pro bono attorneys, and fosters partnerships with area community resource agencies. Her goal is to provide access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and help rebuild the lives of those affected by disaster.

Media

Speaking of Justice - Summer of 2019

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