Join Us For A Conversation With Sonia Nazario

Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc., the Stetson University's College of Law, the Student Amnesty International and the Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA) at Stetson are proud to present a conversation with Sonia Nazario.

Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Enrique's Journey is coming with Enrique's mother, Lourdes, to Stetson University Law School in Gulfport, Florida. On September 12th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. She will tell the story behind the book and will be discussing the importance of unaccompanied minors fleeing from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador having attorneys to represent them. This is an invitation only event designed to recruit pro bono assistance for Gulfcoast Legal Services in its efforts to help unaccompanied minors. Space is limited, please RSVP to Jacquelyn Bradford at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your seat(s). A light lunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.


The author will be available for
book signing after the presentation. Please plan to attend to meet these dynamite speakers and hear the vital message they have to convey.

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.




Family Law Clinics Are Scheduled Every Month!

Manatee Clinic is the second Wednesday of each month

Pinellas Clinic is the fourth Wednesday of each month

Clients who are victims of domestic violence and are low income may attend the clinic to seek assistance in filing the initial forms needed for a divorce.  All attendees must be pre-screened and attend by invitation only.  For further information about the clinics, please call 727-821-0726 (Pinellas) or 941-755-6805/941-747-8477 (Manatee).


Gulfcoast Legal Services Provides Free Legal Advice to Seniors!

Free legal advice and representation in civil legal problems is available for Pinellas residents who are age 60 or older.  Call 727-821-0726 to make an appointment.  Services are available at the clearwater's Aging Well Center (in the Long Center, at 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33765).  Gulfcoast staff are at the Long Center every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month for the convenience of the residents.  Stop by and make an appointment!


  Know Your Rights Training for Tenants
Presented by
Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.

May 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm
212 Dogwood Drive
Plant City, FL   33565 

Presented by Mary Catherine Rooney,  Esq. 

Ms. Rooney has been a Florida legal aid attorney focused on foreclosure defense, mitigation, predatory lending practices, housing counseling and tenants’ rights since February 2011. Ms. Rooney currently works at an approved HUD Housing Counseling Agency and continues to receive training in all areas related to housing counseling and Foreclosure Defense. Previously she was an advocate for immigrant rights in an Immigrant Rights Clinic while in law school.



Good Works Are Happening

Gulfcoast is providing monthly outreach at the Beth El Mission in Wimauma, which mainly serves migrant farmworkers.  In a new initiative, we are collaborating with a local non-profit medical clinic, which is also sending a nurse with our attorney to outreach visits.  Clients who come in for immigration advice can also receive a health screening.  (Spring 2014)

       Join us for an important training event on providing a “Coordinated Community Response to Victims of Domestic Violence”, developed by the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Domestic Violence Court for Pinellas County. Be a part of a community that says NO to domestic violence and supports victims in ending the cycle of violence. GLS staff have been working hard on the Advisory Team for the newly created Sixth Judicial Circuit, Domestic Violence Court for Pinellas County. An offshoot of this group's work has been the creation and development of a “Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response” training for the community. The goal of the training is to inform attorneys, local non profit agencies and community members how to provide a holistic response to victims of domestic violence through the legal process. This can be a challenging time for victims of domestic violence and navigating the legal system can be overwhelming. Attorneys in the GLS Family Law Unit help victims of domestic violence break the cycle of violence and move forward to a life free of violence and abuse, by assisting these clients in navigating the legal system to ensure their safety and security. The Community Leader Panel presentation at this training will consist of Chief Judge McGrady, State Attorney McCabe, Clerk Ken Burke, Sheriff Gualtiere and Jena Blair, Esq. of Gulfcoast Legal Services. This training  is to be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday, June 7 in the first floor conference room at CJC. CEUs and CLE credits will be available.





Saturday, October 27, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

at the
1018 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

Sponsored by:
Englander Fischer, P.A., Feathered Serpent Gallery,
and Law Office of Ama N. Appiah, P.A.



Free Legal Education

Know Your Rental Housing and Homeownership Rights
and Understanding Foreclosures

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Monday, August 27th and  Monday, September 24th

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Jenkins Community Room C

No Reservations Required


The Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in partnership with 
Gulf coast Legal Services, Inc. presents:                     


Come receive help to apply for citizenship.
Every case will be reviewed by an attorney.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Location: Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.
641First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: Free
CALL 1- 800-230-5920, ext 229 for an appointment



  Gulfcoast Legal Services attorneys will be at this regional Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
to consult with homeowners on Saturday, September 17, 2011, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  
Sponsored by:  ASC - Bank of America, National Urban League, NCLR - Housing and Education  Alliance.

Free Legal Consultations

  WHERE:  Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, 9215 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL   33612.
DIRECTIONS:  from I-275 head West on Busch Blvd. Exit, go one block to Florida Avenue.
Located on NE corner of Florida Avenue and Busch Blvd.  Click HERE for flyer in English and Spanish and more information.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Civitan Beach House
18604 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores

Cocktail Hour 6:00 - 7:00 pm                     Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 pm


For Sponsorship Information, please click HERE.


GLS Invites You to a Free Event on Defending Your Home and Surviving the Housing Crisis

Come and get information and advice from Gulfcoast Legal Services' attorneys.  Click HERE for more information!



Help us celebrate NEXT's 1st birthday

at the Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge!

WHERE:   540 - 1st Street South in St. Petersburg

WHEN:    Wednesday, July 13, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Network with your friends and come learn more about being a part

of GLS' Next EXecutive  Team!  
CLICK HERE for details about NEXT.
       We hope you can make it!

It's time again for your NEXT gathering!



Gulfcoast Legal Services, in conjunction with the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, will be presenting CITIZENSHIP DAY.  Lawyers and other volunteers will help low income residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency.  The event will take place at the offices of Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc., 641 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, on Saturday, April 30.  The event will last from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The service is free to low income people and is by appointment.  Those interested in attending should call Gulfcoast Legal Services at 1-800-230-5920, ext. 229.

Date:             Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time:             10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:      641  First Street South
                        St. Petersburg, FL  33701

A Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Net Proceeds to benefit Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.

and the

Friday, January 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt  Regency Resort & Hotel (1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota)

Speakers:    Douglas Molloy, Esq.
                        Assistant U.S. Attorney - Middle District of Florida

                        Kathlyn Mackovjak, Esq.
                        Supervising Attorney, Immigration Unit - Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.

                         Det. James McBride
                         Florida Task Force on Human Trafficking

                         Susan Wolfson, LCSW
                          Psychotherapist/Psychological Trauma Clinician

Accreditation for 5.5 General CLER credits; 4.0 Criminal Appellate and 4.0 Criminal Trial

Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2011

Fee For Registration:
$70.00 for Sarasota FAWL Members
$75.00 for Nonmember Lawyers
$40.00 for Nonlawyer Professionals

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities are Available
Please contact Evelyn Moya ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

ClickHERE for Registration


Join us as we celebrate


Tuesday, October 12

5:30 - 7:30

Cafe Alma    
260 - 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg




July 14, 2010