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Why does Karen Walker of Holland & Knight volunteer?

Volunteer lawyers are the heroes in civil legal aid, donating their own time, knowledge, and professional resources to citizens facing desperate circumstances.

When you take a case, you make an impact far beyond the case itself. You make Leon County a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

To help, please take these simple steps:

1.  Learn more about how case requests to LAF are vetted and triaged.

2.  Review current clients seeking a volunteer lawyer (see below).

3.  Email LAF Volunteer Coordinator Ronnie Barker to learn more and either call a client or offer full representation.

Case #1– Client is seeking representation for case management which has been set for 4/28/2016.  She’s presently incarcerated seeking custody of her minor son.  Her criminal case is for removing minor from state contrary to court order.   According to the maternal grandmother, client desires to have representation for the case management through the remainder of the case.  LAF application received on 4/8/2016.

Case #2-Client is seeking representation to file a dissolution of marriage with minor children.  She & her spouse have been separated for 2 ½ years.  Father resides out of state and has not assisted mother with any financial support, nor has exercised his parental rights regarding time-sharing (No case filed as of 4/12/16).  LAF application received on 3/29/2016

Case #3-Client is seeking representation to contest father’s request for court ordered time-sharing.  Mother does not object to a time-sharing schedule, but has safety concerns.  She filed her counter-petition on 4/7/2016 and is awaiting the order of referral for mediation and order referring case to the general magistrate.  Father has retained private counsel.  LAF application received on 4/8/2016

Case #4-Client is requesting to establish a permanent time-sharing/parenting plan schedule.  Mother was ordered to pay child support in 2012, $200 per month.  She has not been making child support payments because she is presently unemployed.  The father has primary custody of their minor child.  Mother was informed father plans to marry & relocate out of state & wants his new wife to adopt the parties’ minor child.  LAF application received on 4/11/2016

Case #5-Client is seeking representation in a dissolution of marriage with minor.  She was served on 4/27/2016 & has not filed a response as of 4/12/2016.  She & her spouse have been separated for 2 ½- 3 years.  LAF application received on 4/8/2016.

Case #6-Client is seeking representation to contest father’s request for court-ordered supervised time-sharing.  Mother filed a counter-petition on 4/11/2016 along with a proposed parenting plan.  Parties are awaiting the order referring case to mediation and/or general magistrate.  LAF application received on 4/12/2016

Case #7-Client is seeking representation to request court-ordered 50/50 time-sharing/parental responsibility.  Presently, the minor child resides with client.  Client was notified on 4/11/2016 regarding an open DCF investigation against her and has not received an update of the DCF   .  investigation.  LAF application received on 4/12/2016

Case #8- Client contesting 50/50 time-sharing schedule. Parties agreed to 60/40 at mediation.  Client believes father is requesting 50/50 time-sharing in hopes of abating his current child support obligation.  LAF application received on 4/14/2016