Bay Area Legal Services offers meaningful work that keeps employees challenged

A culture of empathy helped Bay Area Legal Services rank 16th in the small business category of the Tampa Bay Times annual Top Workplaces survey.
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Tampa Bay Times
April 8, 2016

Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa) (BALS)


The cases BALS takes are not the stuff of television courtroom drama. But they involve problems that are critically important in the lives of clients fighting foreclosure, seeking protection from domestic violence or abused children.

Given limited resources — BALS has an annual budget of $7.5 million from a mix of federal, local and state sources — the nonprofit’s lawyers handle only the most serious cases in which the group can potentially improve the life of a client.

“Because there are so many applicants, we can’t handle everybody,” Woltmann said. “We triage and we handle the clients who have the most egregious and most horrible cases — someone facing foreclosure of a home, an eviction. A lot of our clients are victims of domestic violence.”