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    Miami pro bono attorney works to reunite teen with his aunt

    By Rayven Wright After his parents lost their parental rights, “Jake,” 15, began the battle to find stability and permanency in a forever home. While living with his parents, Jake had been exposed to violence and drug use and experienced severe neglect. Jake was placed with his maternal aunt, but in November of 2014 he […]

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  • Orlando United Wills Clinic

    In unity with the Orlando communities affected by the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) in partnership with Akerman LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida are hosting a free legal clinic to provide assistance to community members in creating important emergency-planning legal documents. The […]

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  • Southern Legal Counsel forces change in policy of denying indigent litigants filing fee waivers

    by Jennifer Etienne When Gainesville-based Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) took as clients of a group of homeless people arrested for being in a St. Petersburg park after closing time, they ended up securing access to the courts not only for their clients, but for all civil litigants who can’t afford the filing fees in Florida’s […]

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  • Message from the President

    At its June 16th meeting, the Foundation’s board passed a resolution to position itself as “a strategic leader and catalyst in the cause of increased access to justice for all” with the primary goal of serving as “an agent of rapid, effective and high-impact change.” The board also established a Strategic Planning Committee to ensure […]

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  • Coleman, Kowalski receive President’s Award for Excellence

    Florida Bar Past President Gregory W. Coleman and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid President and CEO James A. Kowalski Jr. received the Foundation’s 2016 President’s Award for Excellence. Foundation President Donny MacKenzie, who has served with both recipients on the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, selected Coleman and Kowalski for the award because their […]

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  • Lynn Drysdale receives Curran Distinguished Service Award

    Jacksonville Area Legal Aid staff attorney Lynn Drysdale received the 2016 Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award for achieving impactful results for thousands of clients affected by predatory lending and other unethical, illegal and unscrupulous practices, for protecting the rights of homeowners, and for providing testimony to legislative and other government bodies in an effort […]

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  • Legal services attorneys named to Florida Legal Elite

    Each year, Florida Trend invites members of The Florida Bar to name the best attorneys in the state by practice area. This year, 1,444 lawyers were selected by their peers for the Florida Legal Elite 2016. Eight of the 65 Government and Non-Profit lawyers selected for this year’s Legal Elite are associated with The Florida […]

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    Orlando attorney Matthew G. Brenner to take office as President of The Florida Bar Foundation

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Orlando attorney Matthew G. Brenner will take office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Brenner first served on the Foundation’s board in 2008 and has worked on the development, finance and audit, executive, nominating, grant allocation […]

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    Attorney Jewel White takes office as President-Elect of The Florida Bar Foundation

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Clearwater attorney Jewel White will take office July 1 as president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. An attorney with the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office, White practices in the area of elections law and has a board certification in City, […]

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    Orlando attorney Tad Yates reappointed to Florida Bar Foundation board

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Orlando attorney Tad Yates has been reappointed 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. Specializing in the area of criminal defense, Yates practices at his own firm, The Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, […]

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