• John F. Harkness Jr. to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2017 Medal of Honor Award for a lawyer

    MAITLAND, Fla. – John F. “Jack” Harkness Jr., a nationally recognized legal visionary and the nation’s longest-serving bar executive, has been selected to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2017 Medal of Honor Award, the Foundation’s highest award, in the lawyer category. After serving as the State Courts Administrator for six years, Harkness became executive director […]

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  • Randall Berg Jr. to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Miami civil rights attorney Randall C. Berg Jr. has been selected to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award. The award is named for the Foundation’s first executive director in recognition of her contributions to the Foundation, the national IOLTA movement and access to justice. The award recognizes […]

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

    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 civil legal aid […]

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  • Message from the President

    In the midst of perhaps the most challenging period in its history from a financial standpoint, as the chart below indicates, The Florida Bar Foundation has recently made significant progress addressing access to justice issues for all Floridians. During the past year our board adopted a strategic reset, in which the new emphasis is on […]

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

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

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  • 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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