• 2019 Medal of Honor Recipients Named

    Tampa lawyer Michael Bedke, a partner with DLA Piper, and Miami lawyer Richard C. Milstein, a partner with Akerman, have been selected as recipients of The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2019 Medal of Honor Award, the Foundation’s highest honor. Michael Bedke Bedke, a real estate partner in the DLA Piper Tampa office, is being honored for his […]

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  • Statement on the passing of Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte

    The Foundation is saddened by the news of the passing of Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, a champion of our legal community. We would like to share a statement from our grantee, The Innocence Project of Florida: It is with profound sadness that the Board of Directors and Staff of the Innocence Project of Florida mourn the […]

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  • Stephen R. Senn takes office as first vice president of Foundation

    Lakeland attorney Stephen R. Senn will take office July 1, 2019, as the first vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation. Board certified in appellate practice, Senn is a shareholder with Peterson & Myers, P.A., where his practice includes appeals and federal litigation, as well as employment and business disputes. Senn earned his bachelor’s and […]

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  • EJW Fellow lays foundation for change in rural immigrant neighborhoods

    By Natalie Disla Passionate about sparking change for immigrant and migrant families, Joseph Cordova, a 2018-20 Florida Bar Foundation-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow, practices community lawyering near south Putnam and northwest Volusia Counties. “They’re definitely the most vulnerable people that we have in our country,” Cordova said. “The whole reason I went to law school […]

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  • Message from the President – Spring 2019

    In April, I joined 11 colleagues as part of a delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C., for ABA Days to advocate for funding of Legal Services Corporation. LSC provides a substantial amount of funding to seven Florida legal aid organizations; without their funding, 44% fewer Floridians would get civil legal help. We met with several […]

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  • With support of lawyers, foster children bloom into successful adults

    Ping-ponging between relatives’ homes as a child, Michelle Charles struggled to understand why she and her two sisters moved so often. When she was five, her mother died, and her father began constantly shuffling the girls’ living arrangements. When Michelle was eight, she moved from Miami into a home in Gainesville with her grandmother and […]

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  • Tampa attorney Hala A. Sandridge to take office as president of Foundation

    Tampa attorney Hala A. Sandridge will take office July 1, 2019, as the president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Sandridge, co-managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, is a member of the firm’s board of directors and chair […]

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  • Connie Bookman to take office as Foundation’s second vice president

    Connie Bookman, founder and CEO of Pensacola nonprofit Pathways for Change, will take office July 1, 2019, as the second vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Bookman, a licensed clinical social worker, founded Pathways for Change in 2005 to provide counseling, […]

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  • Thomas R. Oldt to take office as president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation

    Winter Haven, Fla., financial advisor Thomas R. Oldt will take office July 1, 2019, as president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Oldt earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War […]

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  • Tampa lawyer Lara J. Tibbals to serve on Foundation board

    By Emily Saunders Tampa attorney Lara J. Tibbals has been appointed by The Florida Bar to the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Her three-year term begins July 1, 2019. Tibbals currently serves Of Counsel in Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group. Her […]

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  • Retired judge Hugh Carithers joins Foundation board

    By Natalie Disla The Florida Bar Foundation has appointed retired judge Hugh Carithers to its board of directors for a three-year term. The Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide greater access to justice by funding civil legal aid in Florida. Carithers begins his term July 1, 2019. Before becoming a judge […]

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  • Min Cho, uBreakiFix general counsel, appointed to Foundation board

    By Natalie Disla The Florida Bar has appointed uBreakiFix general counsel Min Cho to a three-year term on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to providing greater access to justice through civil legal aid in Florida. Cho’s term begins July 1, 2019. In August 2017, Cho joined […]

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