By DONNA BALANCIA, The Florida Law Journal
Photo (c) by DONNA BALANCIA, The Florida Law Journal
ORLANDO — It’s fundraisers and events that enable most bar associations to help the Legal Aid Society, but in Orlando, the devotion of attorneys keeps the machine moving.
“I volunteer at Legal Aid because I believe I need to give back to the community,” said Glenn Adams, a partner at Holland & Knight who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society. “The goal of Legal Aid is for us to help provide self sufficiency for our clients.”
Before several hundred legal professionals at the OCBA Legal Aid Society Breakfast, Adams also delivered sobering news in that while the Guardian Ad Litem section of the Legal Aid Society was helping out kids in need, the economy is having an impact.
“This year we are truly in need,” he said. “The reality is, thanks to our founders, the doors will stay open, but they will be open to fewer and fewer clients.”
Also on hand were LAS president Jamie Bilotte Moses, president of the Orange County Bar, Frank Beddell and various members of the LAS staff, including Donna Graf, development manager
“It’s a lot of hard work, but people are devoted,” Graf said. “But of course, we always need more volunteers.”