• Study finds civil legal aid yields seven-fold return on investment in Florida

    MAITLAND, Fla. – With funding for civil legal aid in Florida at its lowest point in 10 years, a new study shows that every dollar spent on civil legal services for the state’s low-income residents yields more than $7 in economic impacts. Commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation, the study found that 33 Florida nonprofit […]

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  • Foundation seeks nominations for Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

    The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award until March 1. The award is named in honor of The Florida Bar Foundation’s first executive director, who, over her 32-year career, was responsible for implementing the nation’s first Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program and spearheading virtually every […]

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  • FSU law professor honored for work supported in part by The Florida Bar Foundation

    by Jakeyla Augustin Paolo Annino, director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at the Florida State University Public Interest Law Center, has been selected by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to receive the 2017 Father Robert Drinan Award for his work, much of which has been funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. “Father Robert […]

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  • The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

    The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for three seats on its board of directors for terms starting in July 2017 under the Florida Supreme Court-approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Bar Foundation board to be selected in equal portions by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of […]

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  • Foundation seeks Medal of Honor Award nominees

    The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2017 Medal of Honor Awards until Feb. 3. The Medal of Honor Award is given in two categories. The first category is for members of The Florida Bar, including practicing lawyers, judges or teachers in the legal field. The second category is for non-lawyers, including […]

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  • David Prather’s gift to help usher in legal aid’s next generation

    A civil trial attorney with Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, Florida Bar Foundation board member David Prather understands the importance of cultivating a talented legal team. So, through a $50,000 pledge to the Foundation, Prather is helping Florida’s legal aid organizations develop their next generation of talent. His […]

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  • Message from the President – Fall 2016

    For many reasons, 2016 is likely to stand out in our collective memory for years to come, but one thing I hope every Florida resident, including lawyers and judges, will long remember is that 2016 was the year Florida joined the long list of states with a permanent access to justice commission. On Oct. 10, […]

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  • Legal aid attorneys push Florida Medicaid to cover cure for hepatitis C

    For two years Vickie Goldstein filed appeals and wrote letters trying to get Florida’s Medicaid program to pay for a drug with the potential to cure her of the viral infection that was slowly destroying her liver. For two years she got the same answer: You have to get sicker first. “I talked to a […]

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  • Foundation continues to play vital role in Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

    When Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order Oct. 10 re-establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and making it permanent, the Florida Supreme Court’s news release recognized The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar as co-equal partners in the effort to create Florida’s first access to justice commission. Now […]

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  • Foundation funded first training for state’s court public information staff

    As The Florida Bar Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are taking a look back at how a small grant helped make a big difference to Florida’s courts. In early 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued a statewide Court Communication Plan to be implemented by the state’s court public information officers (PIOs) in order to […]

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