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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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  • Kathy Para to be awarded the Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

    Kathy Para, retired director of pro bono for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, has won The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2020 Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award. The award is named for the Foundation’s first executive director, recognizing individuals who, over their careers, have achieved meaningful, effective and lasting increases in access to civil justice for the […]

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  • Covid-19 and Legal Aid

    Legal Aid and Covid-19: What You Need to Know Florida Bar Foundation staff are working remotely and can be reached by email, phone and our Contact Us form. Florida legal aid programs are open. Find your local legal aid provider.   Resources for Lawyers All Florida Bar offices are closed as of March 19 with […]

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  • Guardians ad litem funded by Foundation change one life at a time

    “It wouldn’t have been a happy story or a success story,” says Melissa Whitted, reflecting on what it would have been like for her and her husband to adopt their now seventeen-year-old twins without the help of legal aid. Whitted, who works as a dispatcher for Lynx Transportation in Orlando, and her husband had raised […]

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