Monday, October 28, 2013


Saturday at the Manhattan Casino "Success Unlimited" Women & Youth Business Center presented the 10th annual Lawfest Workshop and Community Fair.

Originally started in 2002 as an outreach effort by community grass roots activist Tee Lassiter working with Bill Foster, the event quickly grew and became LAWFEST in 2003.

The goal of the day is to provide an opportunity for members of the community find legal advice, business information and information about Governmental services all in one place.

By the time I arrived at the Manhattan Casino location of the event, the parking lot was full and people were already parking across the street.

Over a dozen governmental agencies were represented and eighteen local attorneys volunteered their time to provide legal advice and answer questions.

Mayor Bill Foster along with a large contingent of City staff were also on hand.

Gold Sponsors included: Bayfront Health - St. Petersburg, Duke Energy; Silver Sponsors: The Rays Baseball Foundation, Ms. Cheri Shannon, Urban Development Solutions; Bronze Sponsors: Laura Lee Westine and St. Petersburg College.

Attendees were greeted at the door, and directed to the spot where their questions could be answered.

This was my fourth Lawfest. It is a great event, provides a unique opportunity for the Community to get real answers to their questions.

Tee Lassiter, whom I have known almost since the very first day she came to City Council to advocate for her community, along with her volunteers, sponsors and participating professionals are to be commended for an excellent grass roots effort. 

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