• Foundation awards $1.45 million in coronavirus relief grants

    The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded $1,454,993 in grants to 24 legal aid organizations for COVID-19 relief efforts. “There is an urgent need for legal services arising from the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn,” Foundation President Stephen R. Senn said. “Many Floridians are finding themselves newly out of work or at risk of eviction, […]

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  • Op Ed: COVID-19 shows why Florida needs to fund civil legal aid

    On September 22, 2020, the Tallahassee Democrat published an opinion column by Rep. Anna Eskamani calling for funding of civil legal aid through the CARES Act. “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of Floridians facing significant civil legal issues which threaten their livelihoods, families and homes. I know this firsthand, because our legislative office […]

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  • Senn takes office as president of the Foundation

    Lakeland lawyer Stephen R. Senn took office Sept. 16, 2020, as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Board certified in appellate practice, Senn is a senior shareholder with Peterson & Myers, P.A., where his practice includes appeals and federal litigation, as well […]

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    32 past presidents of The Florida Bar submit letter in support of Foundation

    Thirty-two past presidents of The Florida Bar have submitted a letter to the Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds. The letter states that the past presidents support the rule proposal jointly submitted by the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association and The Florida Bar Foundation. Read the letter.

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    June 2020 Board Meeting Report

    The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom conference on June 18, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The major actions of the board and reports received included: Board approves FY 2020-21 budget 10.4% less than previous year’s budget. The Foundation’s FY 2020-21 Operating Budget was presented and approved by the Board. FY […]

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    Proposed rule and FAQ: IOTA and The Florida Bar Foundation

    The Florida Bar Foundation and the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association have created and submitted a joint proposed rule to The Florida Bar Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds. Read the rule. The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has written a letter in support of the proposed FBF/FCLAA rule. Read the letter. […]

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    Tampa lawyer Steve Salzer appointed to Foundation board

    Tampa lawyer Steve Salzer has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Salzer, a Florida Bar Foundation fellow, begins his term July 1. Salzer currently serves as senior vice president, […]

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  • Hon. Suzanne Van Wyk takes office as second vice president of Foundation

    Judge Suzanne Van Wyk, an administrative law judge with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, will take office as the second vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation on July 1, 2020. The Foundation is a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Previously, Van Wyk was a shareholder with […]

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  • Tampa lawyer Kevin McCoy reappointed to Florida Bar Foundation board

    Tampa lawyer Kevin McCoy has been reappointed by The Florida Bar Foundation to a three-year term on its board of directors. The Foundation is a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. McCoy is a shareholder with Carlton Fields where his areas of focus range from cannabis law, class actions, […]

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  • Jacksonville lawyer Brian E. Currie appointed to Foundation board

    Jacksonville lawyer Brian E. Currie has been appointed by The Florida Bar to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Currie is a lawyer at his firm Currie & Currie, where he focuses his practice on medical negligence, […]

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  • J. Samantha Vacciana appointed to board of directors

    Fort Lauderdale lawyer J. Samantha Vacciana has been appointed to The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors for a one-year term. As incoming president of Florida Legal Services, Vacciana has a designated seat on the Foundation’s board. Vacciana has been the managing attorney at Trial Lawyers of Florida since 2012. She focuses her practice on […]

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    Six law students to complete virtual legal aid fellowships through Foundation funding

    Six Florida law students will have the opportunity to work in civil legal aid programs this summer through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Summer Fellows Grant Program. “Summer fellows have a unique opportunity to hone real-world legal skills and develop awareness of civil legal aid issues through their work with legal aid programs,” said Kate York, […]

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