• Ft. Lauderdale lawyer Robert W. Murphy appointed to Foundation board

    Ft. Lauderdale lawyer Robert W. Murphy has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve 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. His term will begin July 1, 2022. Murphy is a lawyer at his firm, Murphy […]

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  • Former Florida Supreme Court Communications Director Craig Waters appointed to Foundation board

    Former Florida Supreme Court Communications Director Craig Waters 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. Waters, of Tallahassee, served as director of public information for the Court for 35 years. […]

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    Ft. Lauderdale Judge Stefanie C. Moon appointed to Foundation board

    Judge Stefanie C. Moon, of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve 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. Her term will begin July 1, 2022. Moon, who was […]

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  • Tallahassee Judge Suzanne Van Wyk takes office as president of Foundation

    Judge Suzanne Van Wyk, an administrative law judge with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, will take office July 1, 2022, as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Van Wyk, a judge since 2012, graduated with honors from Florida State University College […]

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    Peter Balgobin

    As the Foundation’s remittance specialist, Peter performs general data entry functions of remitting, reporting, and maintaining information for the IOTA department. Peter has been in banking since the late 1980’s, when he started his career in multiple positions in Branch Banking in London. After moving to the U.S. in the early aughts, he became an […]

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  • Jordan Hopkins

    Jordan Hopkins

    As Grants Administrator for the Foundation, Jordan is responsible for managing the workflow of the entire grant process to ensure efficient and effective administration for each of the Foundation’s grant programs. Jordan graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. During her tenure at FSU, […]

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  • TJ Johnson smiles as he poses for portraits with his lawyer, Abigail Adkins, at a park near his home in Gainesville, Fla. Adkins fought for Alachua County Public Schools to better accommodate TJ in the classroom. (Photo by Chasity Maynard)

    Foundation grantee advocates for rights of children with disabilities

    What started as playing in the pool with his siblings on Memorial Day turned into a life-altering emergency room trip for two-year-old TJ Johnson. After getting accidentally bumped in the head, TJ’s eye began to wander, and he was rushed to the emergency room. There, doctors found a craniopharyngioma – a brain tumor near TJ’s […]

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  • Connie Bookman

    President’s Message – Spring 2022

    Foundation executive director Donny MacKenzie and I talk for an hour and a half every Thursday morning. I always leave those calls with a sense of awe in how he is directing the Foundation and utilizing the talent of his staff and board of directors. Those calls are also a lot of fun for me […]

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  • Summer Roberts, IOTA Distribution and Reporting Manager

    As the IOTA Distribution and Reporting Manager, Summer Roberts assists in ensuring the Foundation’s compliance with Rule 5-1.1(g) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (the IOTA rule). She also coordinates and oversees IOTA funds distributions and grantee performances and makes recommendations relating to the Foundation’s Fair Distribution Plan and objective standards for the selection […]

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  • Foundation is recipient of cy pres award for $57,000

    The Florida Bar Foundation received a cy pres award of $57,588.08 in January. Robert W. Murphy of The Murphy Law Firm in Ft. Lauderdale facilitated the donation. Under cy pres, courts can approve a charitable donation out of unclaimed class action funds or a direct grant in lieu of damages to an organization that could […]

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  • Miami Law is 2022 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge MVP

    The Florida Bar Foundation announced the winners of the 2022 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge in April. The University of Miami School of Law won the MVP Pro Bono Award for matching the most students with its own alumni. For the second year in a row, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law […]

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    March 2022 Board Report

    The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom conference on March 18, 2022.  The major actions of the board and reports received included: Election of Foundation Board of Directors Retired Justice Peggy Quince and Retired Judge Hugh Carithers were elected to serve a second, three-year term on the board after being nominated by […]

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