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    Former Foundation President Russell Carlisle passes away

    Former Florida Bar Foundation president and Medal of Honor winner Russell Carlisle has passed away. Russ served as the Foundation’s president from 1979-1981. He won the Medal of Honor for his dedication to the advancement of pro bono service by the legal profession and for his work in carrying IOTA across the nation. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/sunsentinel/name/russell-carlisle-obituary?id=32009588

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    One Promise Pledge

    In this season of giving, consider a donation of your time toward a pro bono case next year. Pledge now to make one promise – the promise of a gift of your time that will benefit a needy Floridian. Fill out an online pledge form. Print a pledge form. Sign up for a pledge reminder. […]

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    Foundation launches One Promise Campaign to increase pro bono work

    Today, The Florida Bar Foundation is launching The One Promise Campaign, an effort to increase pro bono work among lawyers in Florida. Visit OnePromiseFlorida.org for more information, or FloridaProBonoMatters.org to take a pro bono case today.   Thank you to The Bench Bar Fund of the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Florida Justice […]

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    Foundation benefits from donations of all sizes and shapes

    The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $12,558 cy pres award to be used for consumer protection legal aid. In the Southern District of Florida case Gonzalez v. TCR Sports Broadcasting, the plaintiff alleged that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act had been violated by offering to provide consumers with informational baseball score updates, but then […]

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    Message from the President – Fall 2021

    It takes a pandemic. It’s hard for me to watch the pain of so many folks facing so much uncertainty. To see loved ones getting sick, some dying. The fear as health care resources, usually easily accessible, are now not always available. Elective surgeries, even some emergencies, delayed in order to tend to those suffering […]

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    Florida Supreme Court approves changes to IOTA Bar Rule

    The Florida Supreme Court has amended Bar Rule 5-1.1(g), which outlines the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program. The Florida Bar Foundation has been the sole administrator of the IOTA program since 1981. The nation’s first IOTA program, Florida’s program was the prototype for similar programs across the country and still creates millions of dollars […]

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    Foundation submits comment on proposed rule amendment regarding technology to Florida Supreme Court

    The Florida Bar Foundation has submitted a comment to the Florida Supreme Court on a proposed rule amendment related to technology. The Foundation joined the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association in concern that the proposed amendments may decrease meaningful access to the justice system and/or hinder or delay the delivery of substantial justice especially in […]

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    September 2021 Board Report

    Quarterly Board Report September 10, 2021 The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom conference on September 10, 2021,  because of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent outbreaks involving a highly contagious variant. The major actions of the board and reports received included: Florida Supreme Court appointed seats The Board was pleased to welcome […]

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    Foundation awards second round of COVID-19 Relief grants to 23 programs

    The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded $2,574,996 in grants to 23 civil legal aid organizations in a second round of COVID-19 relief efforts. Grantees will use their funding to retain or hire personnel to provide direct legal assistance to low-income clients for legal issues caused by or directly related to the pandemic. To determine second […]

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  • Hurricane Civil Legal Aid Resources

    Donate to the Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund.  For the public: Pose a legal question to a panel of volunteer lawyers: Florida Free Civil Legal Answers Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-866-550-2929 Florida Bar Consumer Pamphlet: Mass Disaster – a Victim’s Guide Five Common FEMA Mistakes to Avoid: For lawyers: To volunteer for The Florida Bar YLD’s disaster relief hotline, […]

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  • 2021 Award Ceremony Video

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2021 Award Ceremony was held on June 17, 2021 and honored: Medal of Honor for a Lawyer: Hon. Emiliano Jose “EJ” Salcines Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award: Anthony “Tony” Karrat Paul C. Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award: CABA Pro Bono Legal Services

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    June 2021 Board Report

    Quarterly Board Report June 10, 2021 The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom conference on June 10, 2021.  The major actions of the board and reports received included: Adoption of Two-Month Spending Authority/Interim Operating Budget The Board adopted the recommendation of the Budget & Finance Committee calling for a two-month spending authority/interim […]

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