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The Nov. 15 Bar News with stories including Criminal Justice Summit wrap-up, Animal Law Section’s toy therapy dog project, and YLD’s Disaster Relief Hotline needs volunteers.

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The November 15 Bar News is now available with stories including:

From arrest to reentry, Bar’s Criminal Justice Summit seeks solutions

The idea of Bar President Michelle Suskauer who convened it October 16-17 in Tampa as a venue for hashing out problems for a system that has a high incarceration rate, high recidivism, little leeway in sentencing guidelines, and not enough money.

Animal Law Section’s stuffed therapy dogs now being distributed

“These are kids that are suffering from either an illness, in some cases a terminal illness, or, they’re victims of abuse or neglect,” DeMeo says. “The idea is, after the pet therapy session with the live animal, the children are given the stuffed animals and they help them remember the positive experience. The children really cling to them, and it’s definitely part of the pet therapy program.”

Disaster Relief Hotline seeks volunteers

Volunteers assist by returning calls placed to the YLD’s 1-800 hotline or at FEMA centers. The legal assistance provided will be to people who cannot otherwise afford representation and counts as pro bono hours for reporting purposes. The types of legal questions most frequently asked as related to hurricane disasters involve landlord/tenant and other housing problems, consumer protection matters, and home repair contracts.

Read these and other stories featured in The Florida Bar News.