• Harkness receives Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer

    Florida Bar Executive Director John F. “Jack” Harkness Jr., a nationally recognized legal visionary and the nation’s longest-serving bar executive, received The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2017 Medal of Honor Award in the lawyer category June 22 at the Foundation’s annual dinner in Boca Raton. “Jack is the conscience, the brains and the heart of The […]

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  • Jane Curran receives Medal of Honor Award for a Non-Lawyer

    Jane Elizabeth Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation’s founding executive director, received the 2017 Medal of Honor Award in the non-lawyer category at the Foundation’s 41st Annual Reception Dinner June 22. Curran was recruited to The Florida Bar Foundation in 1982 to lead the organization as it launched the nation’s first Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) […]

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  • Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White

    Message from the President – Fall 2017

    If you’ve heard there’s a lot of change going on at The Florida Bar Foundation, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, this expanded issue of Speaking of Justice will bring you up to date. As our cover story explains, the Foundation is undertaking a strategic reset at a time of decreased funding […]

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  • Jessica Brown, Director of Communications

    As director of communications for The Florida Bar Foundation, Jessica Brown is responsible for overseeing the organization’s branding, media relations, publications, social media and website. She works to increase public awareness of the Foundation, its mission and its impact to generate support for the civil legal needs of Floridians who cannot afford an attorney. She […]

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  • Lean lawyering: A Florida legal aid office test drives the Toyota Way

    At first blush, the industrial challenge of manufacturing automobiles might seem as far from the service-driven job of providing legal aid as launching a rocket is from frosting a cake. And yet on a sunny morning in April of 2016, Toyota advisor Lance A. Lewis sat by the reception desk in the Fort Myers office […]

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  • Mapping problems improves efficiency at Legal Services of Miami

    Business-process improvement strategies have the power to increase an organization’s capacity without adding expense, said Melissa Moss, deputy director for strategic initiatives at The Florida Bar Foundation. That’s a key need for the legal aid sector at this moment, Moss said. Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, chief information officer for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., has become […]

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  • Foundation puts $1.5 million from Bank of America settlement to work

    The Florida Bar Foundation is using $1.5 million from a national settlement with Bank of America to fund seven legal aid projects around Florida, as well as four Equal Justice Works fellowships focused on community economic development. The funds are the first to be allocated from Florida’s $23 million share of the $490 million settlement […]

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  • Florida Bar Foundation adopts strategic reset

    A year after unanimously resolving to adopt a “strategic reset,” The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors June 22 approved a document detailing the approach the organization will take in its future grant making, as well as the rationale for moving the organization in a new direction.

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  • Foundation’s new pro bono website goes statewide

    After a successful pilot in Miami-Dade County, FloridaProBonoMatters.org, a new website that enables pro bono attorneys to search for local pro bono cases that suit their interests, is being rolled out statewide. The Florida Bar Foundation, which has funded and overseen the development of the site, in June held training sessions for legal aid and […]

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  • Florida Racial Justice Fellowship stresses community-building

    by Stacey Singer DeLoye More than two dozen legal aid attorneys from all over Florida recently spent several months learning about structural racism, inherent bias and the law, as participants in Florida’s inaugural Racial Justice Fellowship, a training program spurred by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and supported by The Florida Bar […]

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  • Searcy Denney makes largest ever law firm gift to The Florida Bar Foundation

    Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A. has made a $75,000 gift to help fund the revival of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Summer Fellows program, which places second- and third-year law students at civil legal aid organizations to get first-hand experience in public interest law. “Searcy Denney’s gift is the largest the Foundation has received […]

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