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Volunteer Lawyers Tell Their Side

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Volunteer lawyers who often represent the poor on health-care matters say the reason given for their firing by the new director of Gulfcoast Legal Services doesn’t hold water, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. 

The reason given was that their work wasn’t covered by malpractice insurance, but the retirees say it was never an issue before.

The former director, who says she was fired for refusing to drop the case of a quadriplegic who needed to find long-term care, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit over the firing of the volunteers. 

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