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File Number: 082342
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File Number: 082342 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1059-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: LOCAL BAR ASSOC. TO PROVIDE PRO BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE Introduced: 8/11/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/7/2008
Agenda Date: 10/7/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A4
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS TO REQUEST OF THEIR MEMBERS THAT THEY PROVIDE PRO BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS FACING FORECLOSURE OR WHO ARE IN FORECLOSURE
Indexes: FORECLOSURES
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/7/2008 11A4 Adopted P

Economic Development and Human Services Committee 9/10/2008 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. The Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented. Commissioners Moss, Sorenson, Souto and Chairwoman Edmonson asked to be listed as co-sponsors on this proposed resolution. Responding to Commissioner Jordan’s question regarding how County staff was inviting local bar associations to provide legal assistance to persons facing foreclosure, Ms. Hana Eskra, Interim Deputy Director, Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), noted currently OCED was utilizing the department’s website as a media to notify and invite local bar associations to provide pro bono legal representation. Commissioner Jordan suggested a meeting be scheduled with local bar associations for County staff to make a presentation to encourage bar associations to participate in providing pro bono representation of persons facing foreclosure actions. Following Commissioner Jordan’s comments, Ms. Cathy Peel, Director, Miami-Dade County Consumer Services Department (CSD), stated CSD through its Consumer Advocate Program met last week with a committee of Miami-Dade County bar associations that were meeting today (9/10) to address the efforts suggested by Commissioner Jordan. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 8/11/2008 Referred Economic Development and Human Services Committee 9/10/2008

County Attorney 8/11/2008 Assigned Thomas H. Robertson

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS TO REQUEST OF THEIR MEMBERS THAT THEY PROVIDE PRO BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS FACING FORECLOSURE OR WHO ARE IN FORECLOSURE

BODY
WHEREAS, as the result of the current state of the economy the number of foreclosures filed and being threatened in Miami-Dade County has substantially increased over the last two years; and
WHEREAS, many of the residents facing foreclosure do not have the financial means to pay for legal defense or legal advice to either prevent or defend the foreclosure action; and
WHEREAS, various local bar associations have direct contact with and influence with their members in terms of encouraging those members to provide pro bono representation of persons facing foreclosure actions; and
WHEREAS, providing adequate legal representation to people facing foreclosure is in the best interest of the health and welfare of the residents of Miami-Dade County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board requests that the local bar associations in Miami-Dade County, Florida request and encourage their members to provide pro bono legal representation to residents of Miami-Dade County who are either facing foreclosure or are involved in foreclosure actions in order to help prevent those foreclosures.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to each of the local bar associations in Miami-Dade County.



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