• Federal court entrusts Foundation with $3.6 million award for increased representation in courts

    The Florida Bar Foundation has received $3.6 million from a four-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the result of a case in which sanctions against two law firms were levied. The Foundation will disburse the money to qualified legal aid organizations in the Middle of District of […]

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  • Application open for 2019 Civil Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program

    The 2019 Civil Legal Services Summer Fellowship student application is now available at https://form.jotform.com/90166379257163. This program seeks 10 ambitious Florida law students to participate in an exciting 11-week summer fellowship with one of Florida’s civil legal aid organizations. The organization and the summer fellow will be matched using their preferences outlined by each in their application. […]

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  • 2019 Children’s Legal Services grant application open

    Applications for The Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services Initiative grant are now available. Applications are due by Feb. 15. The mission of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services Initiative is to provide legal assistance to needy children in critical areas which affect their safety, well being and future development. This mission is promoted […]

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  • Remembering Foundation past president William Van Nortwick Jr.

    Former Florida Bar Foundation president William Van Nortwick Jr. passed away this week. Bill was a cherished member and pillar of our Foundation family and his contributions to the cause of justice were countless.  He dedicated his life to the Rule of Law, the administration of fair and equitable justice, and to closing the justice […]

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  • Foundation seeks 2019 Medal of Honor Award nominees

    The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2019 Medal of Honor Awards until Feb. 1. 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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  • Foundation seeks nominations for Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

    The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award until February 15, 2019. The award is named in honor of The Florida Bar Foundation’s first executive director, who, over her 32-year career, was responsible for implementing the nation’s first Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program and spearheading virtually […]

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  • New law school challenge platform will match students, lawyers on pro bono cases

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s pro bono program will launch the Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge on Jan. 7, 2019. Using an online platform to match students with alumni mentors, Florida’s 12 law schools will compete to see which can take the most pro bono cases during the spring semester. “A core part of the […]

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  • Foundation receives $341,897 cy pres award

    The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $341,897 cy pres award from a class action settlement in a case concerning the rights of consumers whose cars were repossessed. Ft. Lauderdale attorney Robert W. Murphy represented the class against TD Bank, N.A. Judge John B. Bowman of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County approved the cy […]

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  • Your investment makes an impact

    Would you know what to do if the bus that takes your disabled child to school every day suddenly stopped coming, and you had no other means of transportation? Beatrice was born with Down syndrome, a heart defect and is wheelchair-bound. Beatrice’s parents rely on a family member for rides to work. For years, Beatrice’s […]

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  • What is civil legal aid? An animated explainer.

    Civil Legal Aid Animated Video Explainer from Voices for Civil Justice on Vimeo.

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  • Foundation allocates $10.8 million in funding

    The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors allocated $10,814,244 in 2018-19 funding at its first quarter board meeting Sept. 14. The Foundation will use $6.8 million from Bank of America’s (BOA) settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice; the remainder of funding comes from Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program. “The Foundation is excited […]

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  • William Sklar supports Foundation’s impact and advocacy through gift

    Seeing the potential for impacting various groups through legal aid, William Sklar, a member of Carlton Fields’ real estate and finance practice group, recently made a Legacy for Justice pledge of $10,000. “I’ve been particularly supportive of efforts and programs for those who are most vulnerable such as children and the disabled,” said Sklar. “I […]

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