• Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White

    Message from the President – Spring 2018

    If you are reading this newsletter, then you are a friend of The Florida Bar Foundation and I would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to promoting access to justice in Florida. It is only through the collaborative support of partners like you that we are able to advance this mission. I want […]

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  • EJW Fellow creates framework for pro bono attorneys to help immigrants

    by Nancy Kinnally Krystin Montersil, a 2017-19 Equal Justice Works Fellow, is working on a project at Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, to address a specific problem faced by undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born children. She is creating training materials for pro bono attorneys and organizing pro se clinics to help parents complete emergency family […]

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  • Message from 2016-17 President Matthew G. Brenner

    Traditionally, the last privilege of Florida Bar Foundation presidents is to share a year-in-review message in the annual report. Looking back over 2016-17, it’s hard to know where to begin, but I think in this instance it makes sense to start where the year ended. On June 22, 2017, when the board of directors adopted […]

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  • Contribution support revives Legal Aid Summer Fellows Program

    by Nancy Kinnally After a seven-year hiatus, The Florida Bar Foundation is reinstating its popular Legal Aid Summer Fellows Program, though which law students spend 11 weeks working at Florida civil legal aid programs in projects focused on specific goals such as preventing eviction, protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities, and addressing […]

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  • Foundation staff write for pro bono edition of The Florida Bar Journal

    For the second year in a row, the Foundation’s communications staff wrote a cover story and set of features on pro bono work for The Florida Bar Journal. Out in May, Pro Bono 2.0 focuses on innovations making pro bono work easier and more effective. The Barry University School of Law Collaborative Family Law Clinic […]

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  • Foundation makes nearly $1.5 million in Children’s Legal Services grants

    by Nancy Kinnally The Florida Bar Foundation board March 9 approved $1.47 million in grants to 21 Children’s Legal Services projects that address the needs of foster youth, children with disabilities and health problems, children fleeing violence, LGBTQ youth, incarcerated minors and others. Several of the grants support the work of legal aid attorneys specializing […]

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  • Attorneys across Florida support The Florida Bar Foundation

    YOU CAN HELP: CY PRES AWARDS Access to justice organizations, like The Florida Bar Foundation, are grateful and appropriate recipients of cy pres or residual fund awards in class action suits. Regardless of the case matter, group members were in search of justice. When full restitution to all members is either impossible or infeasible, courts […]

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  • Pro Bono Innovation and Transformation grants awarded

    by Jessica Brown Since the undertaking of the Foundation’s strategic reset, pro bono work has become a priority. In hopes of increasing the number of pro bono hours reported by Florida attorneys, which dipped 4 percent last year, the Foundation will enable legal aid programs to boost their support of pro bono initiatives with new […]

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  • Ebony Townsend and her Father. Speaking of Justice Spring 2018

    Keeping children with disabilities out of the school-to-prison pipeline

    by Nancy Kinnally By the time she was 10, Ebony Townsend had been bullied at school and on the bus for years, handcuffed and taken away from school in the back of a police car when she cried out for help, and suspended from the bus for 45 days. Profoundly deaf in one ear and […]

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  • Florida Pro Bono Matters Chatbot FAQ

    What is a chatbot? A chatbot is an automated system that answers questions via text. The more it is interacted with, the more the chatbot learns. The Florida Pro Bono Matters Chatbot can log your preferences, search available pro bono cases, send text notifications when a new case matches your preferences and answer questions. What […]

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