Even before she joined The Florida Bar, Michele Stephan understood the value of pro bono service. Stephen went to the Stetson University College of Law on a Public Service Fellowship from The Florida Bar Foundation and, while there, developed a program to providelegal services to the poor and volunteered at legal clinics. She was awarded the college’s Pro Bono Service Award in 1996, the year she earned her J.D.
Over the past two years, no one single issue relating directly to the homeless in Sarasota will have more effect on them than the come-as-you-are (CAYA) shelter. The following is an attempt to define and understand the history and current discussion regarding the CAYA shelter.