PLANTATION, Fla., Feb. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of Legal Assist Provider of Broward County, Inc., (LAS) serving both of those Broward and Collier counties, is delighted to announce that Brent Thompson has been chosen to serve as the nonprofit’s new Government Director productive February 28, 2022. Thompson succeeds Executive Director, Anthony J. (Tony) Karrat, who retired on January 31, 2022, immediately after dedicating much more than 4 a long time of remarkable assistance to the firm. Additionally, Debra Koprowski was promoted to serve as Deputy Government Director of Authorized Assist Company of Broward County (LASBC) and Carol A. O’Callaghan will serve as Deputy Govt Director of Lawful Help Services of Collier County (LASCC).
As Govt Director, Thompson will go on Authorized Aid’s mission of giving high-high quality free civil legal suggestions, illustration, and schooling to vulnerable people of Broward and Collier counties. Prior to this position, Thompson served as the Govt Director of East River Lawful Expert services, a non-income that features free authorized providers to extra than 46,000 persons living in poverty in Eastern South Dakota.
“Brent has devoted the past twenty a long time to giving lawful services to those people in need and has a verified track report of results,” explained Douglas Reynolds, Board Chair of LAS. “We glimpse forward to Brent sharing his enthusiasm and determination for public fascination law with our South Florida community.”
As Govt Director of East River Authorized Providers, Thompson increased system ability ensuing in a 300% maximize in clients served for each calendar year. He also made a new fundraising tactic, amplified programming revenue, and efficiently lobbied the South Dakota Legislature resulting in point out funding for lawful aid, a initial in South Dakota’s historical past. Ahead of joining East River Lawful Products and services, Thompson served as a team lawyer for Mid-Minnesota Lawful Aid for much more than 11 years running a significant-volume caseload and co-chaired the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Interdisciplinary Job Crew. Thompson has argued ahead of the Minnesota Courtroom of Appeals and participated in creating the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court. He graduated from the College of North Dakota College of Legislation.
In addition to Thompson’s new function, Debra Koprowski and Carol O’Callaghan have both been promoted to the positions of Deputy Government Director of Lawful Support Provider of Broward County and Deputy Executive Director of Authorized Aid Company of Collier County, respectively.
“The promotions for equally Debra and Carol are properly deserved, every bringing expertise, extraordinary tolerance and authentic compassion to the authorized career in particular when operating with our purchasers,” explained Reynolds. “We know they will have a really constructive influence in their new leadership positions.”
Koprowski formerly served as the Regional Director of Advocacy for Legal Help Courses in Broward and Collier Counties from 2010 to 2021. She supervises, mentors, co-counsels, and advises staff lawyers and paralegals in litigation issues. In addition, she executes administrative and project responsibilities for the systems. Prior to this, Debra concentrated her apply on Senior Law, representing people about sixty many years of age in foreclosure, eviction, and fraud matters at Coast to Coastline Lawful Support of South Florida (CCLA). In 2019, Debra was named Worker of the 12 months by equally LAS and CCLA.
She acquired a BA (Significant Honors) from the College of Florida and a JD from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College or university of Legislation.
O’Callaghan joined Legal Assist Support of Collier County in 2005 as a personnel lawyer practicing in spouse and children legislation and grew to become Running Lawyer at LASCC in 2010. Carol is earlier president of both of those the Collier County Bar Association – Younger Attorneys Portion and the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA). The Florida Affiliation of Ladies Legal professionals inducted her as member of the 2015 Class of Leaders in the Legislation. The CCWBA named her the Woman Lawyer of the Yr for 2015/2016. In 2021, she was bundled on the Naples 100 list by Naples Illustrated as one particular of Collier County’s most influential company leaders. A triple Gator, she acquired her BA (Honors), MA, and JD from the College of Florida.
About Authorized Help Company of Broward County
Legal Aid Service of Broward County is a not-for-revenue law firm founded in 1973. The mission is to give significant high quality cost-free civil legal advice, representation and instruction to the weak of Broward County so as to make improvements to the lifestyle and dwelling situations of the reduced-cash flow group and to motivate self-sufficiency. For more details, remember to visit BrowardLegalAid.org or get in touch with 954-765-8950.
Speak to: Aimee Adler Cooke (954) 732-0754
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