• 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 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 painfully shy, Ebony […]

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  • Keeping children with disabilities out of the school-to-jail pipeline

    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 painfully shy, Ebony […]

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  • Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White

    Message from the President – Winter 2017

    Many of us in Florida felt the effects of Hurricane Irma – even if it was just being without power for a few days – but for Floridians who were already struggling, or who lost homes or jobs in the storm, the recovery is just beginning. Many will be wrongly denied insurance and federal disaster […]

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  • Settlement helps seniors, disabled on Medicaid avoid nursing homes

    by Stacey Singer DeLoye Following painful spinal surgery, Janet Cramer, 79, suffered a fall that left her a paraplegic. As upset as they were by her sudden disability, Cramer’s family members were completely devastated by the blow that came next. At the most vulnerable moment in her life, Cramer was swept into Florida’s Medicaid long-term […]

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  • Statewide LGBTQ summit brings legal aid and human services providers together

    More than 200 legal aid attorneys, human services providers and other advocates gathered at the Hilton Marina Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 2-3 for a first-of-its-kind statewide LGBTQ Summit sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation and organized by Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF). “As legal services providers we recognize […]

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  • Florida Legal Services offers information on Irma-related public benefits and legal aid in multiple languages at Floridalegal.org/Irma

    Low-income Floridians who were struggling to meet basic, everyday needs before Hurricane Irma  ̶  including non-English speakers, the disabled, migrant farmworkers, and others living in poverty, have seen their problems multiplied in the storm’s aftermath.

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