Former teacher finds calling as Bay Area Legal Services attorney

A handwritten note is her reason for practicing law. Profile about civil legal aid attorney Kristen Lang.

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Erika Vidal Holmes
Tampa Bay Times
July 2, 2015
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa) (BALS)


Today, as an attorney for Bay Area Legal Service’s L. David Shear Children’s Law Center, Kristen represents dependent children up to age 5 in Hillsborough County.

“We represent the child directly as their attorney,” she says. “We ensure their educational needs are met while they’re in care, that they’re health needs are met, that any benefits they’re entitled to are received, and that their case, to the best of our ability, moves as quickly and safely to permanency as possible.”

Lang is their voice. Their protector. Their warrior. But she never would have ended up here if her eyes hadn’t been opened by a world so vastly different from hers.