Cindy Laquidara is a lawyer based in Jacksonville, Florida. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law.

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Why You Should Volunteer More and 4 Ideas to Get Started

It is the season for giving. During the end of year, especially, donations to charity are at their highest, with people inspired by the joy of the holidays. The money given helps many people, and is necessary in the grand scheme of things, where some have and some don’t. However, giving back doesn’t begin or end with ...

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Peace Philanthropy: Giving For The Sake of Keeping The Peace

Much of charity is centered around the idea of giving money to those without. Helping those in need, who are often suffering homelessness, joblessness, disease, and other issues which require attention and assistance. Thankfully, there are millions who are willing to meet these challenges and who do offer help to provide everything ...

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Doing Community Service As A Family: 5 Ways To Give Back

If you have kids, it’s a good idea teach them the importance of giving back to their community early on. Giving back as a family is a great way to bond with one another while also doing good things for your community. Here are a few community service activities that the family can do together. 1) Donate your belongings One ...

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Giving Circles Empower Female Donors

I wrote previously about the trend in America to give in more meaningful ways, which not only increase impact but honor the concept of philanthropy at its root. As such, a number of recent practices by individuals throughout the country have included, researching nonprofits and causes which most align with the goals of a given ...

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A Reason To Give

The volume of overall charitable giving continues to increase in the United States. Last year, Americans gave more money to nonprofits and charities than in previous years, and growing interest in corporate giving, in which businesses either encourage employee donations or lead the way, is on the rise. In fact, many experts consider ...

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Why You Should Consider Pro Bono Work

Tis the season for giving! During Christmas, the thought behind that is typically presents, or money and community service, as the year ends. Both generosity and philanthropy come in many forms, with individuals providing what they can to causes about which they care.  Such is no different when it comes to attorneys and pro bono ...

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Philanthropy For Everyone

For a lot people, philanthropy is considered an activity of the wealthy. Notable names like Bill Gates, Oprah, and historically, Andrew Carnegie (who believed that wealthy people were morally obligated to give back to society) have been the face of what it means to support causes, people, and institutions, for many years. ...

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Akerman Pledges Unprecedented $1 Million to National CASA Association

The largest law firm in the state, Akerman, has taken dramatic action to support the effort to improve the lives of at-risk children in America. Akerman LLP recently took its philanthropic and pro bono legal efforts to the next level by pledging over one million dollars in financial backing over the upcoming six years to the ...

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Social Responsibility in the Modern World: How Corporate Leaders Can And Should Make A Difference Today

As the world grows increasingly interconnected with every passing days, leaders in both public and private spaces are embracing the fact that our actions have real and tangible impacts. In the past, these may have been less visible or easier to ignore because perhaps it was not affecting our immediate community. However, one ...

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5 Companies That Champion Philanthropy

Since big-name companies get a whole lot of business, they’re able to give a whole lot back to the community. It’s important that corporations use their wide sphere of influence to help the less fortunate, and a few powerhouses are leading the pack. Each of the companies fund a number of diverse initiatives. They also base some ...

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Cindy Laquidara Earns Spot in 2015 class of Women of Influence

This week, the Jacksonville Business Journal awarded a hand-picked assortment of women from the community who have exemplified leadership and success within their respective fields. The industries of this year’s honorees vary and winner include trendsetters from non-profits, law firms, healthcare, banking, and more. The ...

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Women in Business

Imagine you have a problem, and a group of people are available to you as a resource to solve that problem. To best solve it, would you only use 50 percent of those people? Probably not. That’s just a simple way of understanding the issue with gender inequality in the workplace. We aren’t using all the human resources ...

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Akerman Earns Accolades

Cindy Laquidara is pleased to share that Akerman has received a fair amount of industry recognition in 2015 so far. Highlights include: The American Lawyer: Akerman ranked among the 100 largest law firms in the United States. Law360: Akerman ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity and the top 10 law firms for ...

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Jacksonville Wins with Reform

Cindy Laquidara is glad the City of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund were able to finally reform pension; appreciate being a member of the team.  A special thanks should go to Jonathan Trichter at MAEVA Municipal Solutions, LLC and Pew Research for their valuable input and impressive ...