• Escambia Project

    Escambia Project utilizes community design to create new legal services models

    For two and a half days in early February, legal aid attorneys, community activists, social service providers, law professors, Florida Bar Foundation staff and others gathered at a community service center in Pensacola to design new approaches to the delivery of legal services. Led by Margaret Hagan, director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford […]

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  • New interactive pro bono website puts attorneys in the driver’s seat

    MIAMI –Lawyers in Miami-Dade County who want to volunteer their services will soon have an easy way to find just the right case through an interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. “This system puts pro bono attorneys in the driver’s seat, giving them a user-friendly way to filter and search for cases that […]

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  • 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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