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Miami Advocacy Office
3000 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 102
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 573-0092
Fax: (305) 576-9664
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Office Description: The Miami Advocacy Office of Florida Legal Services, Inc. performs legislative advocacy for FLS priorities, works with local programs in areas of public benefits, housing, and homelessness. It also conducts impact and class action litigation in areas of public benefits, homelessness and immigration.
Chuck Elsesser Jr., Staff Attorney: J.D. University of Southern California 1971. To e-mail, click here.
Valory Greenfield, Staff Attorney: Specializes in public benefits and immigrant access to public benefits. Graduated University of Florida B.A. with high Honors in Sociology 1972; University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 1975 where she was a member of the honorary leadership Society of Bar and Gavel. Admitted U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; Supreme Court of Florida. Staff attorney for Legal Services of Greater Miami 1985-1995 where she was co-head of the Public Benefits Unit. Employed with Florida Legal Services, Inc. since 1996. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. To e-mail, click here.
Miriam Harmatz, Staff Attorney: Specializes in poverty health law issues and immigrant access to health care issues. Graduated Stanford University 1975; University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. 1979. Admitted to United States District Courts for the Western District of Wisconsin, Western District of Kentucky; the Southern District of Florida; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Staff attorney for Legal Services of Greater Miami 1985-1995. Employed with Florida Legal Services, Inc. since 1996. To e-mail, click here.
Betsy Havens, Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney: Specializes in poverty health law with a focus on children’s health care access. Graduated University of Michigan B.A. in English and Women’s Studies 2003; University of North Carolina M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education 2006; University of Miami magna cum laude J.D. 2011 where she was active on the Inter-American Law Review and Moot Court Board. Member of the Florida Bar. Experience in community-based public health initiatives, participatory research, anti-racism efforts, and women’s health. To e-mail, click here.
Arthur Rosenberg, Staff Attorney: Specializes in homelessness, employment issues, welfare to work and legislative advocacy. Work includes litigation as well as legislative and policy advocacy. Graduated New York University B.A. 1972; University of Miami School of Law cum laude J.D. 1978. Member of Florida California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York Bars. Admitted to U.S. District Courts in New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of California, Southern District of Florida; Third Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. To e-mail, click here.
Gloria Louis, MS-HRM; Office Manager/Litigation Paralegal: Manage, coordinate and support operations by maintaining office organizational systems. Graduated from Barry University, B.S. in Political Science 1997; Florida International University, M.S. in Human Resource Management 2011. Participant of the FIU School of Business Mentoring Program; H.R. Consultant, Experience in Employee and Labor Relations; Expertise: Knowledge of Labor and Immigration Law. H.E.R.E. Union Labor Apprenticeship in Washington, D.C. 1997-1998. Labor Union Business Agent 1998-1999. Community Organizer 1999-2001. Certified Notary Public since 1998.
Maria Guevara, Part-time Secretary/clerk