Laura Reich, Esq. – Vice President

Laura Reich is a commercial litigator and a founding partner of Reich Rodriguez, P.A.  With a practice focusing on complex, commercial disputes and arbitration, Laura represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels, at both the trial and appellate court levels.  Laura is also a neutral (i.e., an arbitrator) on the American Arbitration Associations’ roster of neutrals for commercial and consumer disputes.  She was recognized as an “Up and Coming” attorney in Chambers USA 2017, Florida, Litigation: General Commercial.  Her firm additionally specializes in the resolution of art law disputes.

Laura has been involved with the work of FCF since 2005.  She was introduced to FCF by her law school mentor, Gloria W. Fletcher, who also served as FCF Vice President before passing away in 2015.  Laura is proud to continue Gloria’s work with FCF and on behalf of children in need.  Laura has supported a number of FCF advocacy, fundraising, and litigation initiatives and is excited to see the role that FCF has taken in training stakeholders in the juvenile dependency system.  Laura is passionate about pro bono work, particularly on behalf of dependent and disabled children in care, and hopes to encourage all Florida attorneys to take part.

Laura graduated from University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where she served as the galleys editor of the Florida Law Review and was a member of Florida Blue Key.  She is currently on the executive counsel of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar and serves as co-editor in chief of the International Law Quarterly.

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Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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