• The Loan Repayment Assistance Program: A Legacy of Making a Difference

    Since 1996, lawyers employed by Florida’s civil legal aid providers have been able to pay down more than $10 million of their law school loans thanks to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). “But for LRAP, I would not have been able to remain in legal services,” says Jena Hudson, Pro Bono […]

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    Message from the President – Winter 2021

    As I approach nine years of service with The Florida Bar Foundation, I recall that for some time every board meeting was an education about the many moving parts of the Foundation, and how all of those components fit together to serve the cause of justice. The Foundation is a vaguely understood entity. I thought […]

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  • Newly formed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) hosts virtual Legal Services Roundtable

    The newly formed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) will host a virtual Legal Services Roundtable on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for legal services providers in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The LFAA is a recently established organization consisting of more than 285 U.S. law firms across the country […]

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  • Remembering 2020 Medal of Honor recipient Hon. Peter T. Fay

    The Honorable Peter T. Fay, a recipient of the Foundation’s 2020 Medal of Honor, passed away on Jan. 31, 2021. Fay, 92, received the Medal of Honor for a Lawyer for his extreme professionalism, dedication to the judiciary, nonstop work ethic, and devotion to justice. “Foundation President Steve Senn and I were honored to meet […]

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  • Foundation kicks off third year of Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge

    The 2021 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge will kick off on Feb. 1, 2021. The statewide competition, now in its third year, connects Florida law students with lawyers to partner on pro bono cases from local legal aid organizations. Students and lawyers can visit www.FloridaLawSchoolChallenge.org Feb. 1 through March 26, 2021, to pick a […]

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    Foundation effort connects legal aid programs to emeritus lawyers

    The Florida Bar Foundation has facilitated an easy way for more than 30 legal aid programs to reach out and connect with new potential pro bono lawyers. Spurred by The Florida Bar Pro Bono Legal Services Committee’s desire to engage emeritus lawyers, the Foundation has created an outreach package designed to help legal aid programs […]

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  • In grateful appreciation for our friend and supporter Mary Gardiner Evertz

    Former Florida Bar Foundation board member Mary Gardiner Evertz passed away on December 5, 2020. Evertz was a public member of the Foundation’s board from 2012 to 2018 and served on its Finance and Audit Committee, Development Committee and Law Student Assistance Grant Committee. After her retirement from the newspaper now known as the Tampa […]

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    10 Ways Leaders can Encourage Others to Take a Pro Bono Case

    Courtesy of Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Judge McEwen shared her 10 ways to encourage others to take a pro bono case at The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2020 Virtual Award Ceremony. What more can leaders who promote pro bono service do that is new and different to […]

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    November 2020 Board Meeting Report

    Quarterly Board Report November 6, 2020 Via virtual meeting The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom conference on November 6, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The major actions of the board and reports received included: IOTA Enhancement Committee reports proposed amendment that would increase IOTA revenues Joseph Hudgins, chair of the […]

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  • Foundation revives One Campaign to encourage pro bono work

    The Florida Bar Foundation has revived its One Campaign to encourage Florida lawyers to represent at least one person who could not otherwise afford a lawyer in a civil legal matter. This is commonly referred to as “taking a pro bono case.”  The new effort will be called the One Promise Campaign. Tallahassee media consultant […]

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  • Dr. Mimi Graham receives 2020 Medal of Honor Award for a Non-Lawyer

    Dr. Mimi Graham, director of Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, has been honored with the 2020 Medal of Honor for a Non-Lawyer for her dedicated efforts over the course of her career researching and promoting trauma-informed court programs. Since 1993, she has worked to tackle policy solutions to social problems […]

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  • EJW Fellow advocates for the future of human trafficking survivors

    By Deana Alegi Victoria Sexton, a 2019-21 Equal Justice Works Fellow funded by the Foundation, provides civil legal aid and advocates for the rights of human trafficking survivors in Broward County. Sexton’s goals are to assist as many survivors as possible and raise awareness of her fellowship and the effect that civil legal aid can […]

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