Making a Difference: Legal Aid attorneys willing to help those in need

“Without Legal Aid, I would be in hiding with nowhere to turn,” Mary said, whose identity is being protected. “They gave me the help and strength I needed to see my case through successfully.”

Column (Florida)

Joe Landon
Naples Daily News (FL)
November 28, 2017

Tags: Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Service of Collier County (FL)


Paralegal Evelyn Navarro finds it “so rewarding to be able to assist victims as they regain safety, independence and personal self-esteem and are able to re-establish healthy, productive lives.”

Legal Aid Service does not take on personal injury claims, criminal cases, child support enforcement cases, traffic, car accident or DUI cases or medical malpractice suits. But they do assist the most vulnerable members of our community through their domestic violence, children’s legal services and housing and consumer law units.

“For many people, access to legal representation can change their lives,” said Jeffrey Ahren, director of development for Legal Aid Service. “We believe it is a matter of fundamental fairness that the outcomes of civil legal matters should turn on the merits of the case, not on whether or not these folks can afford an attorney. We exist to level the playing field and ensure equal justice for all.”