February 28, 2008
Career Planning Center
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center
University of Miami School of Law
I. Broward County Public Defender’s Office represents court-appointed clients who are
at risk of losing their life or liberty by providing quality representation to clients, treating
them with dignity and respect.
• Gordon Weekes, Jr., Chief Assistant Public Defender: Heads the Juvenile Division.
• Susan Porter, Chief Assistant Public Defender: Responsible for training, recruiting
and is on the interview committee for hiring.
II. Broward County State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit, seeks the just
determination of all criminal matters that are presented to the State attorney.
• Fara Gold, Assistant State Attorney: Responsible for criminal prosecution in the Sex
Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.
• Kathy Heaven, Assistant State Attorney: Responsible for criminal prosecution in the
White Collar Crime Unit.
• Spencer Multack, Assistant State Attorney: Prosecutes offenses in the Organized
Crime and Gang Unit.
• Stacey Schulman, Assistant State Attorney: Prosecutes offenses in the Organized
Crime and Gang Unit.
III. City Attorney’s Office of Miami Beach is dedicated to providing a broad scope of high
quality, cost effective legal services, consistent with the law and proper ethical
considerations in accordance to the City's goals and objectives. Also, the Office
provides advice to the Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager, City Departments as
well as all City Boards, Agencies and Committees.
• Debora Turner, First Assistant Attorney: Specializes in land use litigation and
appeals. Handles general civil and commercial litigation as well as administrative
law matters and serves as co-counsel to the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment,
Historic Preservation Board, Design Review Board, and Planning Board. Drafts
ordinances, resolutions and legal opinions. Also, supervises the City’s creditors’
rights in bankruptcy court and lien enforcement matters.
IV. Coral Gables City Attorney represents the City in all litigation matters affecting the
city including zoning disputes, contract and bid disputes, tort claims, worker
compensation matters, commercial litigation and constitutional challenges to the City
Charter and Codes. The City Attorney is also responsible for the investigation and
processing of all claims served. The office drafts city contracts, ordinances, resolutions
and the various legal documents required by the Charter, Code or City Commission,
such as restrictive covenants and liens.
• Elizabeth Hernandez, City Attorney: Serves on the executive council of the Florida
Bar’s Local Government Section and of the Florida Municipal Attorneys
Association. In addition, she serves on both the Federalism Committee and the
Policy Advisory Committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association as
well as the Ethics Committee of the American Bar Association.
V. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for providing immigration-
related services and benefits, such as naturalization and work authorization, as well as
performing investigative and enforcement responsibilities relating to federal
immigration, customs and air security laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
the largest investigative branch of the DHS, enforces immigration and customs laws and
protects the United States against terrorist attacks by targeting illegal immigrants, money
and materials that support terrorism, and other criminal activities.
• Jill Swartz, Senior Attorney: Represents the government in removal and former
deportation/exclusion proceedings. Conducts evidentiary hearings on applications
for immigration status and provides legal advice to operational units. Writes legal
memoranda and pleadings on immigration-related topics for the Executive Office for
Immigration Review and prepares appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration
Appeals. Serves as training coordinator for staff.
VI. Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States
according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic;
provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment
for those guilty of unlawful behavior; ensures fair and impartial administration of justice
for all Americans. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a
branch of the Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent
crime and protecting our nation by working to investigate and reduce crime involving
firearms and explosives, acts of arson and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco
• Robert Wilder, Division Counsel: In-house counsel on many areas of law, including
federal, state, criminal, and forfeiture and disclosure laws.
VII. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigative arm of the United
States Department of Justice (DOJ). At present, the FBI has investigative jurisdiction
over 200 categories of violations of federal crimes, making it the de-facto lead law
enforcement agency of the US government.
• Frank Navas, Chief Division Counsel: Chief legal counsel for FBI office. Advises
management and agent personnel regarding law and policy, providing legal
instruction to update them.
VIII. Financial Industry Regulatory Agency Dispute Resolution (FINRA) is the self-
regulatory agency of the U.S. securities industry. FINRA was formed in July 2007
through a consolidation of the regulatory, enforcement and arbitration functions of the
New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers. FINRA
oversees brokerage firms and registered securities representatives, such as brokers and
• Kevin Rosen, Case Administrator Manager: Possesses extensive legal, procedural,
managerial and leadership experience in securities alternative dispute resolutions.
Manages arbitration cases, monitors compliance and other facets with a team of
logical and financial assistants.
IX. Florida Department of Children and Families is designed to better the well being of
individuals who come from abusive and neglectful homes, particularly when these
individuals have no other resources to turn to in crisis.
• James Kuter, Assistant Regional Legal Counsel: Represents the state Department of
Children and Families in all civil and administrative matters, dealing with issues
such as child abuse and neglect, elderly abuse, mental health and contracts, among
• Nakeitha Hodrick, Managing Attorney, Children’s Legal Services: Supervises an
office of 30 attorneys in Dade and Monroe counties. Litigates child abuse, neglect
and abandonment cases.
X. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center is a non-profit legal assistance organization
dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all
nationalities at the local, state and national levels.
• Sabrina Salomon, Staff Attorney: Works with immigrant children to obtain legal
immigration status in the U.S. Previously Co-Chair of Domestic Violence/ Sexual
Assault Council of Miami-Dade and Secretary of Haitian Lawyers Association.
• Lisette Losada, Supervising Attorney: Defends immigrants before United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services in immigration court.
XI. Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides
free civil legal assistance to marginalized and low-income elderly persons in thirteen
counties in South Central Florida. FRLS also provides legal assistance to migrant farm-
workers throughout the state of Florida. The agency, since 1966, has been providing
high quality services in such areas as housing, public benefits, civil rights, employment,
and family law.
• Nicole Wiseberg, Staff Attorney: Involved in the county program, mostly in family
XII. Legal Aid of Miami promotes the constitutionally guaranteed right of equal justice
under the law by ensuring that all individuals in need of representation receive it. Put
Something Back is one of Legal Aid’s projects and is the largest pro bono program in
Florida, whose goal is to recruit and train members of the private bar to handle a vast
array of pro bono cases, ranging from immigration to child advocacy to social security.
• Skeeter Scott, Staff Attorney: Coordinates pro bono immigration project, review and refer
matters to volunteer attorneys, recruit volunteer attorneys, conduct client intake, and monitor
XIII. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. handles cases in the areas of employment and
economic security, family support, housing, safety, stability, and health, catering to
• Monica Vigues-Pitan, Co-Senior Attorney: Primarily represents individuals in
public benefits cases; handles immigration, family law, estate planning, education
and tax cases. With various projects geared to serve vulnerable populations in
Florida, the agency conducts a significant amount of community outreach and
education on issues affecting those with low income.
• Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, Staff Attorney: Currently starting a new legal line to help
those facing private landlord-tenant issues in an attempt to prevent homelessness.
Previously a project director for the Renters Education and Legal Advocacy Legal
XIV. Miami-Dade County Court seeks the just determination of all criminal matters that are
presented before it.
• Eugene Carral, Supervisor, Domestic Violence Case Management Unit: Works
closely with domestic violence judges in and out of court, supervising highly
specialized legal assistance to the judiciary.
XV. Miami-Dade County Health Department has the clear mission of promoting,
protecting, and improving the health of all people in South Florida. Emphasis is placed
on honesty, efficiency, accountability, leadership and teamwork.
• Mort Latiner, Chief Legal Counsel: Project manager in charge of general
compliance and enforcement. Supervises office initiatives.
XVI. Miami-Dade Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the
Southeastern United States serving an ethnically and racially diverse community. The
Police Legal Bureau is one of seven departments within the organization.
• Nicole Dixon, Police Legal Advisor: Provides legal advice to Department Director
and command staff in addition to administering 24-hour on-call advice to officers.
XVII. Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, effectively and
zealously represents court-appointed clients who are at risk of losing their life or liberty.
By providing quality representation to clients, treating them with dignity and respect,
clients are given a fair trial and more effectively reintegrated into the community. Also,
the department holds the vision of having fewer clients due to an increased success of
prevention programs, constructive sentencing alternatives and meaningful rehabilitation
• Carlos Martinez, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Director of Program
Development, Special Projects Coordinator: Serves as liaison to media, judicial,
legislative and executive branches; leads justice reform initiatives; ensures a healthy
relationship with academic institutions, community organizations and other
government agencies is maintained.
• Guy Robinson, Deputy Chief Assistant: Represents the individuals who have been
charged with criminal offenses in Miami-Dade County.
XVIII. Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office protects and serves more than 2 million residents
and 10 million visitors annually in criminal matters.
• Johnette Hardiman, Assistant State Attorney: Assigned to the Public Corruption
• Gunnar Stewart, Recruitment Coordinator: Arranges on-campus interview
attendance and participates in job fairs. Also coordinates ASA interviews, processes
applicants and oversees the internship programs, both the certified legal positions
and those of other volunteers.
XIX. Office of the Attorney General of Broward County is responsible for the enforcement
of state consumer protection and antitrust laws as well as civil prosecution of criminal
racketeering. The office represents the State when prisoners appeal their convictions,
including capital murder cases. Also, it conducts various programs to assist local law
enforcement agencies and crime victims, while aiding in the pursuit of criminal
activities. The Child Support Enforcement Section represents the Department of
Revenue in cases establishing and enforcing child support orders.
• Ravi Brammer, Managing Attorney: Assists in child support enforcement and other
family law issues.
XX. Unified Family Court deals with problems within families, including domestic
violence, substance abuse, divorce, mental illness, abuse and neglect, which often lead to
greater problems in the community.
• Glenn Goldstein, Case Manager, Complex Litigation Division: Manages cases that
combine Domestic Relations, Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency, and Domestic
Violence. In addition to courtly duties, writing court orders and ensuring compliance
of parties to such orders, there is also consistent contact with the State Attorney’s
Office, Public Defender’s Office, Clerk of Courts, and Private Attorneys involved in
UFC litigation proceedings.
XXI. United States Trustee’s Office is an agency of the United States Department of Justice
that is responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private
• Heidi A Feinman, Trial Attorney: Oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases
to prevent fraud and abuse. Member of the State Bar of Georgia, Florida Bar
Association and Bankruptcy Bar Southern District of Florida.