PLANTATION, Fla., Feb. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of Authorized Support Support of Broward County, Inc., (LAS) serving both of those Broward and Collier counties, is pleased to announce that Brent Thompson has been chosen to provide as the nonprofit’s new Govt Director helpful February 28, 2022. Thompson succeeds Executive Director, Anthony J. (Tony) Karrat, who retired on January 31, 2022, immediately after dedicating much more than 4 decades of extraordinary company to the organization. Additionally, Debra Koprowski was promoted to provide as Deputy Govt Director of Legal Aid Provider of Broward County (LASBC) and Carol A. O’Callaghan will provide as Deputy Government Director of Legal Assist Service of Collier County (LASCC).

As Govt Director, Thompson will continue on Authorized Aid’s mission of offering high-high-quality free of charge civil authorized advice, representation, and schooling to susceptible people of Broward and Collier counties.  Prior to this purpose, Thompson served as the Govt Director of East River Authorized Companies, a non-gain that presents free of charge lawful solutions to much more than 46,000 men and women dwelling in poverty in Eastern South Dakota.

“Brent has devoted the previous twenty a long time to providing legal expert services to these in need to have and has a tested observe document of achievement,” stated Douglas Reynolds, Board Chair of LAS. “We search ahead to Brent sharing his passion and determination for public interest regulation with our South Florida group.”

As Executive Director of East River Legal Products and services, Thompson enhanced program ability resulting in a 300% increase in consumers served per yr. He also formulated a new fundraising system, elevated programming income, and effectively lobbied the South Dakota Legislature resulting in state funding for lawful help, a to start with in South Dakota’s record. Right before becoming a member of East River Authorized Services, Thompson served as a staff members lawyer for Mid-Minnesota Legal Assist for more than 11 many years controlling a substantial-quantity caseload and co-chaired the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Interdisciplinary Task Staff. Thompson has argued ahead of the Minnesota Court docket of Appeals and participated in establishing the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court. He graduated from the University of North Dakota University of Legislation.

In addition to Thompson’s new job, Debra Koprowski and Carol O’Callaghan have the two been promoted to the positions of Deputy Govt Director of Legal Help Provider of Broward County and Deputy Govt Director of Legal Support Services of Collier County, respectively.

“The promotions for both equally Debra and Carol are effectively deserved, every bringing experience, remarkable persistence and genuine compassion to the lawful job specially when functioning with our clientele,” mentioned Reynolds. “We know they will have a incredibly optimistic impression in their new leadership positions.”

Koprowski beforehand served as the Regional Director of Advocacy for Legal Help Courses in Broward and Collier Counties from 2010 to 2021. She supervises, mentors, co-counsels, and advises personnel lawyers and paralegals in litigation issues. In addition, she executes administrative and undertaking obligations for the applications. Prior to this, Debra centered her observe on Senior Regulation, symbolizing individuals more than sixty a long time of age in foreclosure, eviction, and fraud matters at Coast to Coast Lawful Support of South Florida (CCLA). In 2019, Debra was named Staff of the Yr by both LAS and CCLA.

She attained a BA (Substantial Honors) from the College of Florida and a JD from Nova Southeastern College Shepard Broad Higher education of Legislation.

O’Callaghan joined Authorized Assist Assistance of Collier County in 2005 as a personnel attorney working towards in household regulation and turned Handling Attorney at LASCC in 2010. Carol is past president of both of those the Collier County Bar Affiliation – Younger Attorneys Part and the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA).  The Florida Association of Girls Legal professionals inducted her as member of the 2015 Course of Leaders in the Legislation. The CCWBA named her the Girl Lawyer of the Yr for 2015/2016. In 2021, she was provided on the Naples 100 record by Naples Illustrated as a single of Collier County’s most influential business enterprise leaders.  A triple Gator, she earned her BA (Honors), MA, and JD from the University of Florida.

About Authorized Assist Support of Broward County

Lawful Support Assistance of Broward County is a not-for-profit regulation agency proven in 1973. The mission is to provide substantial excellent free civil legal suggestions, illustration and instruction to the inadequate of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and dwelling ailments of the lower-income group and to inspire self-sufficiency. For more info, be sure to take a look at BrowardLegalAid.org or get in touch with 954-765-8950.

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