Good in Practice tells the powerful stories of the good pro bono can achieve, highlighting the work of Greenberg Traurig attorneys, staff, and clients. The goal is to encourage all practitioners to assist undeserved and vulnerable communities by providing much-needed legal counsel on a volunteer basis. Caroline Heller, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Pro Bono Practice, is the host.
A U.S. Military Family Reunited
In this episode, Caroline speaks to Shareholder Jennifer A. Surprenant and Associate Ryan Foreman about how they helped an active member of the U.S. military obtain more access to his child. The group discusses how distance due to station locations can affect parent-child
relationships and how the possibility of deployment affects custody decisions.
2,500 miles apart: Two GT offices reunite child with custodial grandmother
In this episode, Caroline speaks to Michael R. Sklaire, Jacob D. Bundickeg, Shirin Afsous, and Christian T. Spaulding about how they helped reunite a grandmother in Washington, D.C. with her 10 year old granddaughter. The group discusses the complexities of working with clients in two different states on a deadline and how, because of Greenberg Traurig’s global presence, we were able to help.
Honoring Those Who Served with Pro Bono Service
In honor of Veterans Day, Caroline speaks with Greenberg Traurig’s Adam Siegler, of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office and its co-pro bono coordinator, veteran, and founder of Greenberg Traurig’s Military & Veterans Program. They discuss Siegler’s work with both veterans and active military members as well as his own service and why it is so important to him to continue to give back to those who served our country. Siegler explains the different legal barriers members of the military, both active and retired, may face over time, and Heller discusses how non-veteran attorneys can help.
There’s No Place like HomeSafe
In this episode, Caroline speaks to Matthew Ladika, CEO of The Children’s Place at HomeSafe, David M. Layman, a shareholder in the firm’s West Palm Beach office and its Real Estate Practice, and Elliot Scherker, a Shareholder in the firm’s Miami office and Co-Chair of its National Appellate Practice. They discuss HomeSafe’s origins and how it developed into an organization that helps young victims of abuse and domestic violence through prevention and intervention programs. Layman discusses his provision of pro bono transactional services to HomeSafe for over 20 years and the legal services he recently provided to help HomeSafe expand their reach in Palm Beach County. Scherker discusses his involvement successfully defending legal challenges to HomeSafe’s expansion. All three share what brought them to Team HomeSafe and tell some their favorite success stories.
‘A Different Type of Trauma’: Legal Service for Women Veterans
In this episode, Caroline continues her conversation with Samantha Kubek, a former Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellow co-sponsored by GT and Greystone & Co. Inc. Kubek discusses some of the challenges that her clients face when they're applying for veterans benefits, how she practices self-care, and long-term efforts in the Senate to pass the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, legislation designed to reshape the manner in which the U.S. military prosecutes sexual assault within its ranks.
Obtaining Benefits for Veterans Who Are Survivors of Sexual Assault During Service (part 1)
In this episode, Caroline talks to Samantha Kubek, a former Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellow co-sponsored by GT and Greystone & Co. Inc., and current visiting assistant clinical professor and director of Robert W. Entenmann Veterans Law Clinic at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Kubek discusses the importance of relating to and establishing trust with her veteran clients, and the extraordinary effect an award of benefits can have to a veteran and their family.
One Of The Best
Insightful, intelligent and educational. I could listen to Caroline Heller talk all day (and I sometimes do!)