Sarah Wallerstein Koren

The Project

Joseph supported the work of Montana Legal Services Association and assisted low-income Native clients with Indian law issues.

The Inspiration

The Project

Amanda established a medical-legal partnership and provided legal advocacy and representation to Broward County veterans and military personnel to assist them in obtaining economic stability.

Florida has the third largest veteran population in the US and Broward County has the second highest veteran population in Florida, with approximately 109,450 veterans. Broward County lacks an existing free civil legal program that identifies and focuses on the unique legal needs of disabled veterans. The goal of this “Path to Economic Stability” project is to facilitate a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist disabled veterans and military personnel in obtaining economic benefits.

Highlights to Date

In the first year, Amanda has:

  • Provided legal assistance and referrals to 250 veterans
  • Provided direct representation to 50 veterans
  • Hosted educational workshops for service providers on common issues veterans face when returning from combat
  • Presented know-your-rights seminars to veterans incarcerated in federal prison to help facilitate smooth reentry after release
  • Identified areas of high concern to veterans and coordinate with the VA clinic to host workshops to educate veterans in these areas
  • Recruited additional pro bono attorneys to assist veterans in areas of the law in which veterans need the most assistance

The Project

Ana provided representation to low-income and homeless veterans and military families with legal issues including VA benefits, landlord-tenant matters, evictions, foreclosures, health and disability benefits, public benefits, child support, domestic violence and other family law matters, consumer and medical debt, wills and advanced directives, drivers’ license reinstatement, and sealing and expunging criminal records. Ana served veterans through the medical-legal partnership (MLP) created at the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic. Conduct intakes at the MLP once a month and develop rapport with case workers, veteran patients, and doctors at the clinic to ensure success of this MLP.

The Project

Antoinette will provide direct representation and systemic legal advocacy to ensure foster children obtain the necessary healthcare within rapidly changing complex Medicaid programs.

The transition to managed care under Medicaid has created much confusion for Florida’s foster children, including unexpected changes in benefits, denial of care, loss of providers, and out of pocket payments for critical treatment. Children’s attorneys don’t have the time or resources to develop expertise in healthcare. They lack knowledge of the complex Medicaid system and need support to protect their clients’ rights. Children without attorneys have an even greater need for help. Specialized legal representation is required to protect the rights of this vulnerable population to receive the care to which they are entitled and on which they depend.