• Florida Bar Foundation makes $781,000 in disaster legal aid grants

    The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded $781,000 in disaster grants to 15 legal aid organizations around the state to help them address the civil legal needs of Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma, as well as Puerto Ricans who have evacuated to Florida as a result of Hurricane Maria. “The Foundation board set aside $500,000 for […]

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  • Fall committee and board meetings canceled due to Hurricane Irma

        Due to the severity of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in South Florida this week, The Florida Bar Foundation’s officers have canceled all meetings on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7-8.  In place of the board meeting, the Foundation will hold a conference call on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10:00 a.m. […]

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  • Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Funds established

    Hurricane Harvey Disaster Fund Information: From the Texas Access to Justice Foundation: Legal aid provides the calm after the storm.  Texans are reeling from Hurricane Harvey.  After the storm subsides and the water recedes the exhaustion of survival will be met by the harrowing realization that their journey back to normalcy is only just beginning.  […]

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    Statement by Florida Bar Foundation President Matthew Brenner on Legal Services Corporation funding

    The Florida Bar Foundation is calling upon all who believe in equal justice under law to urge their members of Congress to continue to fully fund the Legal Services Corporation, which President Trump’s budget proposal would completely defund. The Legal Services Corporation, in many parts of the country, is the only funding source for civil […]

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  • Brittney and Panga

    Pro bono attorney prevents wrongful eviction for mother and daughter

    by Rayven Wright On the eve of her 21st birthday, Brittney and her mother Tina were shocked to receive a notice of non-compliance from their property manager. According to the notice, Brittney’s emotional support animal, Panga, was in violation of the community’s height and weight guidelines under the pet policy. If Panga was not removed […]

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    Florida Bar Foundation continues to play a vital role in Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

    When Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order Oct. 10 re-establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and making it permanent, the Florida Supreme Court’s news release recognized The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar as co-equal partners in the effort to create Florida’s first access to justice commission. Now […]

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  • Foundation office closing due to Hurricane Matthew

    The Florida Bar Foundation, which is located in Maitland, just north of Orlando, will be closed Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, due to Hurricane Matthew. Courts, schools, and universities in the area are also closed. We will be monitoring the welfare of staff and grantees as the storm passes and in its aftermath, […]

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  • The Florida Bar Foundation invites participation in Pro Bono Week social media campaign

    MAITLAND, Fla. – The Florida Bar Foundation invites Florida lawyers to join in its Oct. 23-29 social media campaign in recognition of the American Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono Week, an annual initiative emphasizing the critical role of pro bono in increasing access to justice. The campaign, which will use the hashtag #CelebrateProBono, will highlight […]

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  • Orange County Bar Association coordinating pro bono response to Pulse tragedy

    In response to this weekend’s tragedy at Pulse in Orlando, the legal community is engaged in a coordinated pro bono effort to assist victims and their families. The Orange County Bar Association will be handling phone intake and referrals for victim legal inquiries, in coordination with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar […]

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    Trial Lawyers Section provides training scholarships for legal aid attorneys

    The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers section provided more than $7,000 worth of scholarships enabling four legal aid attorneys to attend the section’s Advanced Trial Advocacy 2016 seminar May 10-14 at the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law in Gainesville. The Florida Bar Foundation accepted applications from legal aid attorneys at its grantee […]

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    Foundation CEO Bruce Blackwell to receive 2016 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award

    Florida Bar news story Attorney Bruce B. Blackwell of Winter Park, a founding partner of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A., in Orlando and now CEO/executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, is the recipient of the 2016 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award. The award will be presented […]

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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 March 1.   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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