• 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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    Foundation continues to play vital role in Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

    When Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order Oct. 10 re-establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and making it permanent, the Florida Supreme Court’s news release recognized The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar as co-equal partners in the effort to create Florida’s first access to justice commission. Now […]

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  • Foundation funded first training for state’s court public information staff

    As The Florida Bar Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are taking a look back at how a small grant helped make a big difference to Florida’s courts. In early 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued a statewide Court Communication Plan to be implemented by the state’s court public information officers (PIOs) in order to […]

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    Florida Bar Foundation hires South Florida pro bono program officer

    Anais Taboas joined The Florida Bar Foundation Nov. 7 as its new South Florida Pro Bono Program Officer and is working out of space donated by Akerman LLP in its Miami office. A statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, the Foundation is based in Maitland, where it has 15 […]

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  • Larry Markell holding certificate

    Gulfport attorney, 79, still going strong for pro bono clients

    By Rayven Wright Not long after his retirement in 2012, Gulfport attorney Larry Markell, then in his mid-70s, began offering his legal services pro bono to low-income residents throughout Pinellas County through the Community Law Program. In Markell’s first case with the program, he represented a divorcee about his age. His client had been awarded […]

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  • Anais Taboas

    Florida Bar Foundation hires South Florida pro bono program officer

    MIAMI – Anais Taboas will join The Florida Bar Foundation Nov. 7 as its new South Florida Pro Bono Program Officer and will work out of space donated by top 100 U.S. law firm Akerman LLP in its Miami office. A statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, the Foundation […]

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  • Mobile Law for All project sends volunteers into high-poverty neighborhoods

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye Located within the Leon County Courthouse near the Capitol, the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee connects more than 120 volunteer attorneys per year to low-income Floridians faced with complex civil matters such as landlord-tenant disputes and child custody concerns. Getting to the foundation requires finding parking or public transportation, and then […]

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  • Teamwork enables Miami veteran to keep longtime family home

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye For 40 years the Rolle family had lived in the same modest home in the Miami area. Ten Rolle children grew up in that 1,200-square-foot house. But as the patriarch of the Rolle family grew older, he took out a reverse mortgage to help with living expenses. Additional small home-improvement loans […]

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