Posted January 04, 2019 07:50:03A new kind in legal clinics has emerged in Florida.
It is called the Instamodeling Clinic and it is in a big part the brainchild of a Florida lawyer who is turning it into a nonprofit.
This week, the state Supreme Court announced it would issue a stay on the federal government’s approval of the clinic, which has been operating for more than a year.
The court’s order was a big win for the legal community, which had long sought to preserve the clinic.
“I was excited, really,” said Adam B. Ziegler, a partner at Zieglers Law Firm.
“But I was also kind of sad.”
The legal clinic has operated in Tallahassee since March 2018 and its founder, Adam Ziegels, is also a lawyer.
He and his team of about a dozen lawyers, mostly from outside Florida, have been working to build an organization that can help law students like Ziegles, who are struggling with a debt.
The clinic’s main goal is to provide legal help to low-income students who are seeking legal help.
Ziegler and his partners have worked for about a year to get the state of Florida’s Department of Education’s approval for the clinic to open.
They worked with the Florida Bar, and they hired a nonprofit, the American Bar Association, to help.
The clinic has a $4 million budget.
Zellers law firm, which is based in Orlando, has been working with the American Legal Association on its mission to help low- and moderate-income Florida students.
As part of the approval process, Ziegers and his partner also hired a lawyer to oversee the clinic’s legal services.
He is now a partner with an Atlanta law firm.
The federal government has granted the clinic permission to operate, but Zieghers law firm is also working with other organizations to make sure it is legal.
It’s been working closely with the State Bar, Florida State Bar and other legal organizations.
But the Florida Supreme Court has taken the case on as an issue of First Amendment rights, said Ziegals attorney, Aaron C. Koppel, who has represented some of the clients who have sued the state.
“There are many groups in the state who are challenging this because of the First Amendment,” Koppels said.
“This is an issue where the First and the Second Amendments are intertwined.
If this clinic has no First Amendment right, then this is a First Amendment issue.”
The Supreme Court said it was “deeply troubled” that the state Department of Economic Development, the agency that approves construction projects for private entities, had rejected the request for an emergency stay of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ approval.
The department’s review found the clinic was operating illegally.
The agency did not specify how it determined that.
But the judge said the clinic “is a private, nonprofit organization.”
“The state cannot, by virtue of its own authority, impose any further regulations,” Justice Barbara Jackson wrote in her decision.
The order also said the Florida legislature had the authority to enact new laws, including those that might affect the clinic itself.
The judge said it would be a “potentially irreparable injury” if the clinic were shut down.
Attorney Koppelman said that would be the end of his business, and he is planning to appeal.
If the case is not reversed, it would affect a large number of legal clinics across the country, and it would also put legal education out of business.
Ziegers law firm has been in business for nearly a decade.
The first client was an attorney who wanted to help students who were struggling with student loan debt.
Now they have hundreds of clients.
“We’re doing what we can to keep this business going,” he said.
The Florida Legislature, which includes Tallahasis Legislature, has not yet approved legislation that would allow the clinic in Florida to open in other states.
It would have to go through a legislative process, but that would take weeks, Ziegers said.
He said he expects the legislation to pass.
He and other lawyers say that could take a few more years, because they are working to get approval for a new law that would let the state set its own standards for what qualifies as a qualified law school.
The law could also require law schools to hire more lawyers, and Ziegalls hope the legislature will pass it.