• Attorney Burton Young pays it forward

    As a student at Miami Beach High in the 1940s, Burton Young told a favorite teacher he thought his destiny was to be a shoe salesman. “I told her the only thing I excelled in was selling women’s shoes,” Young said. That teacher, Roberta Godbolt, and her lawyer husband saw promise in Young, who was […]

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  • York joins The Florida Bar Foundation as grant program officer

                MAITLAND, Fla. – Catherine “Kate” York has joined The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, as its grant program officer. The Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the legal aid […]

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  • Nelson Joins The Florida Bar Foundation as Pro Bono Program Officer

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Claud B. Nelson III has joined The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, as its new pro bono program officer. The Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the […]

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  • Founder of Space Coast Community Law School Named Brevard County Legal Aid Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

    Seeing an unprecedented need for legal services in Brevard County as the economy continued to decline in 2010, attorney Brigitta Hawkins created the Space Coast Community Law School. Working to help people “get their lives back on track,” Hawkins said, “makes you feel like you actually accomplished something. Sometimes people come in, and in our […]

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  • Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund

    The Florida Bar Foundation allocates up to $500,000 for hurricane-related civil legal aid, establishes Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund

    MAITLAND, Fla. –The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors Sept. 7 approved an allocation of up to $500,000 to support Florida legal aid organizations that suffer infrastructure damage or equipment losses and to assist their clients with hurricane-related civil legal issues in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The funds are from Florida’s share of a […]

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  • Goodall leads by example

    Deborah Goodall, an attorney in the Boca Raton, Fla., office of Goldman Felcoski & Stone, recently became a Legacy for Justice Society member by naming The Florida Bar Foundation as a beneficiary in her life insurance. “As someone who practices in the area of estate planning, I know well how impactful planned gifts can be,” […]

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  • Rothman receives 2017 President’s Award for Excellence

    Florida Bar Foundation First Vice President David B. Rothman has received the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence. Rothman has served on the Foundation’s board since 2011 and previously served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors for more than a decade. He is a past president of the Dade County Bar Association and the Florida […]

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  • Letters from judges in support of Florida Pro Bono Matters

    Florida judges are in support of Florida Pro Bono Matters. Click below to read their letters. Chief Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, United States Bankruptcy Court (PDF)  Judge Patricia A. Seitz, United States District Judge (PDF) Judge Vance E. Salter, Third District Court of Appeal (PDF)

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  • With a gift in their wills, Maria Henderson and Bill Van Nortwick go the extra mile to ensure access to justice

    They met at a water station while training in Jacksonville, Fla., for the New York City Marathon. He was an attorney, and she was in the insurance business in Tampa. Among the many things they soon discovered they had in common was a dedication to community service. Today, after more than 15 years of marriage, […]

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  • Cooke fits legal services to the poor into his career—and his estate plan

    The start of Ham Cooke’s legal career coincided with an event that marked a turning point, not only in American history, but also in Cooke’s perspective on his own role in society. An Army veteran and political moderate raised in Kentucky, Cooke was no ’60s radical, but he took the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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