The Florida Bar

Standing Committees
Legal Needs of Children

The scope and function of the Legal Needs of Children Committee are to find ways to implement the recommendations of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. The committee monitors and often influences the legislative process where the legal needs of children are concerned. The committee also studies developments in this specialized area of practice of the law and keeps members of the bar informed of significant developments in this practice area through periodic updates. The committee meets regularly each year for its business meetings, to consider current issues and to share new information related to this distinctive practice area.

The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children released its Final Report PDF document opens in new window in June 2002. The Legal Needs of Children Committee, itself, has separately produced practice guidelines for attorneys who work in the fields of Dependency PDF document opens in new window and Delinquency PDF document opens in new window. Although these guidelines are not approved by the Bar’s governing board, and are thus non-binding, they have been most helpful to children’s attorneys throughout the state.

2016-17 Legal Needs of Children Committee

Staff Contact    Rick Courtemanche

Tim Stevens Chair West Palm Beach  2017
Matthew Allan Bachman Vice Chair Tampa  2017
Anne Marie McBride Vice Chair Fort Walton Beach  2017
Shahar Vinayi Pasch Vice Chair West Palm Beach  2017
Eric Lynn Meeks Board Liaison Cincinnati  2017
Todd Ivan Bass Miami  2019
Michelle Tamara Bell Plantation  2018
Kristin Lettiere Coomber Boca Raton  2018
Coravious Latrez Cowart Orlando  2019
Hilary A Creary Pompano Beach  2018
Heidi M Crimins Deland  2018
Nicole Heather Fried Fort Lauderdale  2018
Nicole Kristy Griffin Orlando  2018
Susan Taylor Guttmann Pensacola  2018
Tenesia Connelly Hall Orlando  2018
Lindsay Brooke Hanson Lake City  2019
Kimberly E. Hosley Orlando  2019
Bonita E Jones Peabody Miami  2018
Robert James Kline Tampa  2017
Bridget Elizabeth McNamee Tampa  2019
Denise Elinore Mensh St Augustine  2018
Anthony Charles Musto Hallandale Beach  2017
Marie Denise Osborne Miami  2019
Charlyne Michelle Patterson Tallahassee  2019
Melissa H Powers Melbourne  2018
Laura Murray Reich Miami  2019
Robin L Rosenberg Tampa  2019
Charles Malouf Samaha Saint Petersburg  2019
Lakeisha R Simms Tampa  2017
Alcolya Jaquet LaShawn St Juste West Palm Beach  2019
Anais Mary Taboas Miami  2018
Kanisha Shermell Taylor Ft Lauderdale  2019
Stephen L Teaster, II Casselberry  2019

Legal Needs of Children Committee Web Page

[Revised: 7-1-2016]