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HURRICANE IRMA: FEMA DESIGNATES COUNTIES; LEGAL HOTLINE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Florida Bar | Article | September 14, 2017

As of Thursday [Sept. 14], 37 Florida counties had been designated for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. For a complete listing of recent hurricane-related news as well as resources for Florida Bar members and the public, go to The Florida Bar’s 2017 Hurricane Information page.

 

The Florida Bar

FREE HOTLINE WILL GIVE LEGAL ADVICE ON HURRICANE RECOVERY

Orlando Sentinel | Article | September 13, 2017

A hotline for free legal advice on Hurricane Irma recovery went live Wednesday [Sept. 13], for anyone dealing with the storm, but especially for those who can’t afford an attorney. The Federal Emergency Management Agency set up the hotline along with the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Florida Bar and American Bar Association. The number is (866) 550-2929.

 

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FLORIDA LEGAL AID AGENCIES READYING FOR CALLS AND QUESTIONS FROM HURRICANE IRMA VICTIMS

Daily Business Review | Article | September 14, 2017

 

HOTLINE OPEN FOR LEGAL HELP WITH HURRICANE IRMA-RELATED PROBLEMS

Sun Sentinel | Article | September 13, 2017

 

NEED BATTERIES, ICE AND AC, AND FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AFTER IRMA? HERE’S HELP.

Miami Herald | Article | September 12, 2017

 

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR IRMA VICTIMS

Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 13, 2017

 

FREE LEGAL ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Gainesville Sun | Article | September 13, 2017

 

HURRICANE IRMA UPDATES: WEDNESDAY

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | September 13, 2017

 

Legal Profession

10 WAYS SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYERS CAN HELP AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

Daily Business Review | Article | September 12, 2017

Here are a few ways South Florida lawyers can put their skills and knowledge to work over the coming weeks, helping people affected by Hurricane Irma. They include answering questions through the online legal clinic Florida Free Legal Answers and signing up to respond to FEMA hotline questions. The hotline at (866) 550-2929 went live Wednesday, and the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Florida Bar and the ABA are looking for volunteers.

 

Judiciary

HURRICANE IRMA: PALM BEACH COUNTY COURTS REOPEN AFTER CASE, JUDGE SELECTION DELAYS

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 13, 2017

Several sentencings in high-profile cases and the selection process to replace two circuit judges have all been postponed by Hurricane Irma, even as business resumed Wednesday [Sept. 13] at a Palm Beach County satellite courthouse. Nonjury cases will resume today [Sept. 14] at the main county courthouse in West Palm Beach and the branch courthouses in Delray Beach and Belle Glade when those courthouses reopen to the public. The 15th Circuit State Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices have already reopened. Jury duty, however, is canceled for the remainder of this week and will resume on Monday.

 

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PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDICIAL HOPEFULS GET EXTRA TIME TO SEEK 2 OPENINGS

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 13, 2017

 

DUVAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND CLERK’S OFFICE REMAIN CLOSED THE REST OF THE WEEK

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 13, 2017

 

US VIRGIN ISLANDS FEDERAL COURT CRIPPLED BY HURRICANE IRMA

Daily Business Review | Article | September 12, 2017

Le Gouverneur de la Floride, visite la Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida

 

C’est un Rick Scott décontracté, accompagné d’un service de sécurité discret qui est arrivé aux locaux du CMS International Group —entreprise dirigée par Jeff Lozama qui fait aussi office de président de la Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida— pour s’entretenir avec le board de la chambre.

D’entrée de jeu, Jeff Lozama donna le ton en invitant le gouverneur à faire le tour de la propriété. Comme pour lui dire que la communauté haïtienne est créatrice d’emplois, et contribue, à travers le fisc, à l’économie de l’État, ce qui a toujours été la principale priorité de cet homme d’affaires devenu gouverneur. Scott ne put cacher son admiration en visitant cette impressionnante entreprise qui fournit des matériaux de finition aux professionnels de la construction non seulement en Floride, mais aussi en Haïti, à la Jamaïque, à la Barbade, etc.

La visite guide terminée, la réunion débuta. M. Lozama la plaça dans son contexte. La Chambre de commerce rencontrait le gouverneur dans le cadre des préparatifs devant conduire à l’organisation du Haitian American Business Summit qui sera organisé en collaboration avec l’homologue de la chambre en Haïti, la Amcham, et le bureau de Jean Monestime, président du board de Miami-Dade Country, du 15 au 17 juin prochains. Le but de ce sommet, sur lequel nous reviendrons dans un autre article, est de promouvoir une participation plus active de la diaspora dans le développement et la modernisation d’Haïti, tout en définissant une vision claire pour les communautés diasporiques locales. Donc, il y a un chevauchement certain entre ce double objectif et celui d’un gouverneur qui ne jure que par le renforcement de l’économie floridienne.

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Press Release – Haitian American Business Summit

 

The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), The American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti (AMCHAM) and the Office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime will host the Haitian American Business Summit (HABS-2017) June 16th to 17th, 2017 at Florida International University’s Kovens Conference Center.

The Haitian American Business Summit (HABS-2017) will provide an opportunity to evaluate and assess the current level of diaspora involvement in Haiti and explore new methods of interaction. HABS-2017 Miami will serve as a platform for Haitian American organizations throughout the United States, professional associations along with public & private sectors of Haiti to exchange ideas and establish a working plan toward greater cooperation. HABS-2017 Miami will provide the arena for the Haitian American community to connect, engage and explore opportunities to invest in Haiti. HABS-Miami 2017 will feature keynote speakers including United States Elected Officials.

On Saturday, June 17th during the closing ceremony, HACCOF will honor the second annual Top 20 under 40 Haitian American Young Professionals (YOPRO) for their commitment and contributions to the South Florida community.  Applications are currently being accepted until March 31, 2017. Interested parties should apply online at www.haccof.com/yopro. Please join us on June 16-17, 2017, where your presence and interaction will surely enhance our CONNECT – ENGAGE – INVEST objectives.

This two day summit is open to the public. Pre-registration is required and tickets can be purchased online at www.haccof.com. For additional information, please contact Joann Milord at jmilord@haccof.com. Please join us on June 16-17, 2017, where your presence and interaction will surely enhance our CONNECT – ENGAGE – INVEST objectives. 

About HACCOF 

Established in February 2005, the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) serves as a resource for its members, partners and businesses, dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-American community. The Chamber promotes partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment opportunities, create employment growth, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.