RPPTL seeks volunteers for its pro bono housing project

first_img September 15, 2003 Regular News RPPTL seeks volunteers for its pro bono housing project RPPTL seeks volunteers for its pro bono housing projectcenter_img The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is now recruiting lawyers who are familiar with real estate transactions and development procedures to join its statewide pro bono effort.The RPPTL’s Pro Bono Committee refers volunteer lawyers to nonprofit members of the Florida Housing Coalition in need of legal representation on real estate transactional matters relating to low income housing projects.“We want to match transactional attorneys, real estate and corporate, with qualifying nonprofit organizations that build or renovate affordable low-income housing,” said Drew O’Malley, chair of the RPPTL Pro Bono Committee, who also serves as president of The Florida Bar Foundation.O’Malley said the Florida Housing Coalition, an umbrella group of about 500 nonprofit low-income housing providers in Florida, refer members to the section’s “Lawyers for Affordable Housing” program who don’t have sufficient funds to pay substantial legal fees. The section, in turn, solicits and maintains a statewide panel of volunteer attorneys who are prepared to advise the housing coalition referrals on such issues as purchases, sales, financing, construction, zoning, permitting — anything that relates to housing.O’Malley said the section made more than 20 referrals in the first year of the project’s operations and plans to man a booth at the Florida Housing Coalition’s September 22 convention in Miami.Anyone wishing to become a member of the pro bono panel may contact Andrew O’Malley at (813) 250-0577 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

Liberians Urged to Use Business for Sustainability

first_imgThe proprietor of Uncle J Foreign Reclining Spot in Kakata City, Margibi County, Jacob Q. Ketteh, has urged Liberians to venture into the business sector for sustainability.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Kakata City, Ketteh said Liberia is endowed with numerous resources, among which are agriculture and the business sector that must be tapped by Liberians.Ketteh pointed out that though the business sector is an important and powerful economic force in post conflict Liberia, it continues to face challenges.He outlined several issues, among which include inadequate payment of taxes, corruption and the lack of business skills, among major hurdles that affect Liberian businesses in the country.“As a result, a business can keep a very slow pace of growth because of such limitations, which also include lack of vision and ineffective management,” Ketteh said.He added that the fact that Liberia has made significant strides in building an environment suitable for the business sector to thrive is an indication that with determination a business can grow.He said despite the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber on the world market, he is presently cultivating rubber on one hundred acres of land in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more