Law firm recognized for significant contributions to child advocacy
TALLAHASSEE, FL – May 11, 2004 – LAWFUEL – Florida’s Children First!, Inc., (FCF!) a statewide, non-profit child advocacy organization, honored Holland & Knight at a fund-raiser in Tallahassee on April 21, commending the firm’s use of corporate resources and legal skills throughout the state to help children and their families.
“Through the firm’s Community Services Team, Holland & Knight has been engaged in major litigation affecting the welfare of Florida’s children and families, most notably their nine-year leadership of the M.E. v. Bush class action litigation to obtain mental health services for dependent and delinquent children in state custody,” said Gerard Glynn, executive director of FCF! “Holland & Knight provided not only top notch legal talent but also financial and support resources, without which this litigation could never have been successfully mounted.”
Glynn also praised the firm for its leadership in the formation of FCF! through the contribution of corporate advice, financial resources and support services.
“FCF! was founded under the belief that to make political systems work for children, public interest and corporate lawyers must come together, “ Glynn said. “Holland & Knight has willingly met that challenge in a profound way.”
About Florida’s Children First!: Florida’s Children First! is a statewide, non-profit organization based in Orlando, Fla., whose mission is to advance children’s legal rights consistent with their medical, educational and social needs, and to achieve significant improvements in all systems affecting children’s lives, with a special emphasis on the child welfare system. FCF! achieves its goal through litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch monitoring, training and technical assistance to lawyers representing children, public awareness and the education of law students. On the Net: www.FloridasChildrenFirst.org.