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February 15, 2013
Allen to lead 11th Circuit’s GAL program

Jessica Allen has been promoted to circuit director for the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and directs a staff of 77 and a team of 500 volunteers to serve more than 1,800 abused, neglected, and abandoned children under court supervision.

Previously, Allen had been the supervising attorney for the GAL Program in Miami-Dade County.

“We are so pleased that Jessica accepted this important position. She has already brought strong leadership to the Miami-Dade GAL program, and we look forward to continued growth so more children can be served,” said Florida GAL Executive Director Alan Abramowitz.

Longtime 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman said, “Jessica has been in the trenches fighting for our children every day for years. She is a strong advocate and a compassionate leader. Her voice will be heard and our children will benefit.”

“It is a great honor to take on the role of circuit director for the 11th Judicial Circuit,” Allen said. “Ten years ago, I made the decision to move to Miami and become an attorney for the sole purpose of being a child advocate. Never in my dreams did I imagine that I would have this unique opportunity to be in a position to lead the Miami-Dade County GAL Program to further our goal of providing a voice to all of our dependent children.”

In Miami-Dade County, Abramowitz said, nearly 1,200 abused and neglected children still need a volunteer GAL. Anyone interested in becoming a GAL volunteer should call 305-638-6861 or go to for an online application.

[Revised: 04-25-2017]