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Legal Aid Service of Broward and Collier Counties Receives Cy Pres Award

Legal Aid Service of Broward and Collier County (LAS) received a Cy Pres award of $350,000. The award resulted from the work of recently named Attorney of the Year, Jay Cohen, a senior partner at Cohen, Blostein & Ayala, P.A. The funds received from this award will directly and significantly impact the daily operations and programs at the Legal Aid Service of Broward and Collier Counties.

“It’s the people that are so committed to the goals and mission of Legal Aid that are most impressive to me, and knowing the tremendous amount of civil legal advocacy, education and service the organization and its staff provide to the at-risk population,” Cohen says. “I encourage anyone who becomes involved with class actions to think of those funds that are left over and to support your local charitable organizations.”

Cy Pres awards are an essential funding source for legal aid programs. In many class action cases, a large part of the settlement fund or judgment remains unspent for various reasons. In those situations, the court must determine how to dispose of the remaining money in the common fund. Cy Pres awards are used to distribute these unclaimed funds and earmark them for the subsequent best compensation.

“The Cy Pres funds comes at a time when there is an increase in demand for the services provided by our organization,” Brent Thompson says, Executive Director of Legal Aid Service of Broward and Collier Counties. “Because of Jay’s foresight and advocacy, we will be able to continue to provide the disadvantaged of our community with high-quality free civil legal advice, representation, and education.”

Legal Aid Service of Broward County is a nonprofit law firm established in 1973. Its mission is to provide high-quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the poor of Broward County to improve the low-income community’s lifestyle and living conditions and encourage self-sufficiency.

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.