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Since January 1, 2016, over 340,000 low-income people in Florida have lost their food stamp benefits due to the re-implementation of work requirements. Legal Services attorneys James Slater and Liam McGivern have filed challenges in a variety of forums to ensure that the state provides their clients, and all people subject to the work requirements, with due process. Specifically, in partnership with Florida Legal Services attorneys Cindy Huddelston and Kathy Grunewald, Liam and James successfully compelled the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to change its policy regarding the way in which the agency processes food stamp applications of veterans receiving disability benefits. Additionally, also in collaboration with Florida Legal Services, Legal Services is currently litigating a writ of mandamus in the Third DCA to require DCF to provide notice and appeal rights, as required by state law, when it decides a food stamp recipient is subject to work requirements. These systemic efforts are in addition to their representation of individual clients, community outreach and education, and efforts to highlight the Florida food stamp problem in state and national media.

 

Liam McGivern SM

Liam McGivern, Esq.

James Slater

James Slater, Esq.

 

 

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