Farewell to Our Summer Interns

We welcomed Law Student Charles J. Richards and College Student Daniel Woodruff as our summer interns commencing in May of 2018 and Mira Saad in June.  Mr. Richards is attending Washington and Lee Law school in Virginia. At Washington and Lee he serves on an editorial board for the Law News, he assists younger law students, and helps run the law schools athletics. He graduated from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  He graduated from Winter Park High School with honors and was raised in Maitland, FL.

Mr. Woodruff is attending University of Florida in the Honors College.  He anticipates attending law school upon completion of his college studies.  He graduated from the Master’s Academy.  He has a long history of public service.

Ms. Saad is a Seminole County native currently attending Stetson University. She is a Political science major who is also minoring in Journalism. At Stetson, Ms. Saad is a member of the Bonner Program and the Honor Systems Council. She looks forward to attending law school, and wants to focus in constitutional law.

We have cherished their time in our office and they have greatly added to our ability to continue to serve our local community this summer. We wish them great success in all future endeavors.

               "What Did You Learn?"

Daniel Woodruff: My internship at SCBALAS far exceeded my expectations. I was able to observe how a law office operates, draft a wide variety of legal documents, and study specific aspects of Florida Statutes, such as family plan requirements.

Charles Richards: My internship at Seminole County Legal Aid has been more than I could have ever hoped for.  Most of all, I’ve learned how to conduct myself in a professional, understanding manner towards our clients.

Mira Saad: During my time at SCBALAS I have learned a magnitude of things. I have learned how to effectively communicate with clients, process legal paperwork, and scheduling. Most importantly I have learned that there are multiple ways to help those in the community who are in need.

          Uniformed Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

On July 1, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. The act, which has been passed in 14 states, establishes a framework for resolving child custody and visitation issues when a parent is deployed in military or other forms of national service.

The act requires parents to communicate about custody and visitation issues upon learning of an upcoming deployment, permits out-of-court custody agreements before and during deployment, and states that no permanent custody order can be entered unless the service member consents while he or she is deployed.

Furthermore, the act allows a deployed person to enter into quick agreements for custody and timesharing issues with the other parent. It also widens who can have caretaking authority over a child. The previous law only allowed for the caretaker to be a family member, step-parent, or relative of the child by marriage.

Written by Charles Richards

            Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer

From the Social Security Electronic Newsletter

In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observed National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize the survivors who have gone through this battle or are still living with the disease.

Social Security supports people who are fighting cancer. We offer support to patients dealing with this disease through our disability program. People with certain cancers may be eligible for a Compassionate Allowance. Compassionate Allowances are cases where individuals have medical conditions so severe they obviously meet Social Security’s disability standards, allowing us to process the cases quickly with minimal medical information.

View the full article to read more, written by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications.

          New Military Spouse Rules

In September 2018, the Florida Bar adopted new rules relating to Bar admissions. The new rules accommodate the unique mobility requirements of members of the U.S. Armed Services and their families. Service members are frequently moved around the county to different posts, affecting the service member’s family. When the service member’s spouse is an attorney, he or she may be forced to either give up their law practice in a new state or stay behind and continue practicing.

The new rules help solve this dilemma. Now, a system is in place that allows the spouse of a service member stationed in Florida who is licensed to practice law in another jurisdiction to obtain authorization to practice law in Florida for up to five years without taking the Florida Bar Exam. The spouse does have to pay a Bar application fee of $1,000.

The rules governing these changes are found in Chapter 21 (Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, as well as Rule 2-23.7 of the Florida Bar Admission Rules.

Written by Charles Richards

Program Spotlight: Federation of Families of Central Florida
FFCFL is a unique organization because their staff has raised or is currently raising a child/youth with an emotional, behavioral or mental health need.
FFCFL facilitate trainings and workshops in the community to help educate and inform families, youth and community providers. Trainings such as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Certified Recovery Peer Support Specialist-Family (CRPS-F), Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Family Assessment of Needs & Strengths (FANS). FFCFL partner with other community providers and law enforcement in training such as: Current Drug Trends, Teens & High Risk Behaviors, Social Media & Risks for Children, Verbal De-Escalation Techniques, Trauma-Informed for Parents and Trauma-Informed for Providers.

 FFCFL works with MY LIFE Central Florida youth group held the 2nd Thursday of every month at Summit Church of Lake Mary.   This is a partnership with Magellan Complete Care.  MY LIFE consists of youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice and foster care-related issues. Youth who have a family member or friend experiencing these challenges are also encouraged to participate. FFCFL also provides a monthly Self-Care Saturday to assist parents/caregivers. Their family monthly meetings are held the 4th Thursday of every month at Summit Church of Lake Mary. 
FFCFL participates in outreach and resource fairs in Central Florida.  FFCFL's Be A Hero Back To School Resource Fair is held in partnership with the City of Longwood every year.   This year it is being held on Saturday, July 14th from 10 am-1 pm at the Longwood Community Building.  
To become a partner or sponsor contact visit our website at: or contact Muriel Jones, Executive Director at or 407-929-3133.
Point of contact in Seminole: Dawn Wadle, Lead Family Coordinator & Aleyshka Vigil, Youth Coordinator
Upcoming Events:
  • August 8, 2018: Sealing and Expungement Workshop
    • 10AM-12PM Sanford Job Connection Center 4516 W State Rd. 46 Sanford, FL
  • August 9, 2018: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL
  • August 27, 2018: Life Skills/Career Readiness Program (6 Week Training Course)
    • 1-4PM 18-3 Casselberry Office101 Sunnytown R, Casselberry, Florida 32707

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