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STOP Court's DENIAL of REASONABLE Parent/Child CONTACT  Please sign the petition to Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Honorable Bertila Soto please pledge to Contact the Florida Courts - Demand Judge Manno-Schuerr's Recusal - Reinstatement of Timesharing - https://www.causes.com/campaigns/93161-stop-courts-denial... How do you put a face on what it means to have an equal opportunity for access to civil justice? That's difficult -- but the Feb. 15 edition of The Florida Bar News attempts to do just that in their article, "Putting a human face on the civil legal access gap: Access Commission learns how the system is broken" Look no further than the story of Miami's Maria Garcia, said Commission member and Third DCA Clerk of Court Mary Cay Blanks during a recent January Commission meeting. Garcia was fired from her job of 15 years, denied benefits and didn't know where to turn. When she visited Blanks' office to file an appeal, the attendant simply handed her forms and wasn't permitted -- by law -- to give her any legal advice. Unable to afford a lawyer, Ms. Garcia left feeling frustrated and unsure of what step to take next, as if the system had failed her. That has to change, said Blanks. “The challenge we face in my office is being able to assist them in a meaningful way without crossing that line of giving out too much information and worrying about the unauthorized practice of law,” Blanks told the Commission. “So we err on the side of giving less information because we don’t want to cross that line. The perception is that we’re unhelpful; it causes a lot of people leaving the office disgruntled, and feeling like they are not getting their day in court, or we’re not going to help them get their day in court.” Read why and how that process soon will change: http://bit.ly/1uwFLMS

STOP Court’s DENIAL of REASONABLE Parent/Child CONTACT
Please sign the petition to Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Honorable Bertila Soto please pledge to Contact the Florida Courts – Demand Judge Manno-Schuerr’s Recusal – Reinstatement of Timesharing – https://www.causes.com/campaigns/93161-stop-courts-denial
How do you put a face on what it means to have an equal opportunity for access to civil justice? That’s difficult — but the Feb. 15 edition of The Florida Bar News attempts to do just that in their article, “Putting a human face on the civil legal access gap: Access Commission learns how the system is broken”
Look no further than the story of Miami’s Maria Garcia, said Commission member and Third DCA Clerk of Court Mary Cay Blanks during a recent January Commission meeting. Garcia was fired from her job of 15 years, denied benefits and didn’t know where to turn. When she visited Blanks’ office to file an appeal, the attendant simply handed her forms and wasn’t permitted — by law — to give her any legal advice. Unable to afford a lawyer, Ms. Garcia left feeling frustrated and unsure of what step to take next, as if the system had failed her.
That has to change, said Blanks.
“The challenge we face in my office is being able to assist them in a meaningful way without crossing that line of giving out too much information and worrying about the unauthorized practice of law,” Blanks told the Commission. “So we err on the side of giving less information because we don’t want to cross that line. The perception is that we’re unhelpful; it causes a lot of people leaving the office disgruntled, and feeling like they are not getting their day in court, or we’re not going to help them get their day in court.”
Read why and how that process soon will change: http://bit.ly/1uwFLMS

Herston on Tennessee Family Law

I guarantee you have no idea how much time it takes to maintain this blog.

I have to read all the Tennessee family law opinions issued by the appellate courts, figure out which ones are “blog worthy” (not many), and then draft the posts that are published on this blog.

It is a HUGE time commitment.

I have never asked for anything in return.

Until now.

I want two minutes of your time.

The American Bar Association wants to know why you read this blog.

The comments are limited to 500 characters or less. Sharing your thoughts should take no more than two minutes.

The ABA is seeking input from legal blog readers as to which legal blogs they like and why.

If you enjoy this blog, please take two minutes of your time to tell the ABA why you read this blog, what you enjoy about it, how it benefits you…

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