• Miami attorney Yara Lorenzo reappointed to The Florida Bar Foundation board

    by Nancy Kinnally July 2014 MAITLAND, Fla. — Miami attorney Yara Lorenzo has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Lorenzo is a member of the litigation, arbitration, and employment practice group of Hogan […]

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  • Tampa attorney Hala Sandridge reappointed to Florida Bar Foundation board

    by Nancy Kinnally July 2014 MAITLAND, Fla. —Tampa attorney Hala Sandridge has been reappointed to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Sandridge, co-managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs, […]

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    Business Law Section makes $50,000 gift to the Foundation

    by Nancy Kinnally July 2014 MAITLAND, Fla. —The Florida Bar Business Law Section has made a $50,000 gift to The Florida Bar Foundation in an effort to help the Foundation weather the financial crisis resulting from the continued slump in revenue from Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts Program. “We see it as being in the […]

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  • Statement of Florida Bar Foundation President John Patterson on petition to amend the rules regulating The Florida Bar regarding membership fees

    June 12, 2014 The Foundation board declined to take a position on the petition because the consensus was that, while the need for expanding access to justice has never been greater, it is an obligation not just of lawyers but of society as a whole. We feel that more will be gained by working cooperatively […]

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  • Bruce B. Blackwell named executive director

    May 19, 2014 MAITLAND, Fla. — Orlando, Fla., attorney Bruce B. Blackwell has been named executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that works on behalf of Florida’s legal profession to provide greater access to justice. A founding shareholder with King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth P.A. in Orlando, Blackwell is a […]

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  • Batchelor Foundation gift supports Miami Law’s advocacy for foster youth

    Freshman class president at Miami’s Design & Architecture High School, one of the nation’s best magnet schools, Stephanie Davis had ambitions of attending a top arts school and a father intent on helping her achieve her dream. But as she was getting ready to start her junior year, Davis, who asked that her real name […]

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  • President’s Message – Spring 2014

    Some 32 years ago, Jane Curran arrived in Florida from Washington, D.C., to serve as The Florida Bar Foundation’s first executive director. Although the Foundation had been incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1956, it never had any staff until 1982, when Florida’s Interest on Trust Account Program — the nation’s first — began generating […]

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    Bob Butterworth to receive the 2014 Medal of Honor Award

    Florida’s longest-serving attorney general, Robert A. Butterworth, has been selected to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2014 Medal of Honor Award for a lawyer, the Florida legal profession’s highest award. Recognized by his peers as the nation’s top attorney general for his leadership in multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry, which brought $11 billion to […]

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  • Fellowship funded by Greenberg Traurig and The Florida Bar Foundation to address barriers to health-care access

    International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP and The Florida Bar Foundation are joining forces to fund a program that will help low-income and disadvantaged Floridians in Miami-Dade County receive better access to health care. Charlotte Joseph Cassel, who is expected to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law in May, will pursue the […]

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  • Foundation helps lead statewide advances in access to justice

    Work has begun on a reinvigorated technology initiative that will help The Florida Bar Foundation further live up to its “Leadership and Funding for Justice in Florida” tagline. “Many people are aware of the Foundation’s role as a funder but are less familiar with its significant leadership role when it comes to access to justice, […]

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  • Innocence Project of Florida achieves its 14th exoneration

    Cheydrick Britt goes free after more than nine years of wrongful imprisonment When the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit dropped all charges against Cheydrick Britt Nov. 20, he became the 14th Floridian freed as a result of DNA evidence through the work of the Innocence Project of Florida, which receives the majority […]

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  • Trial Lawyers Section makes its third consecutive major gift

    The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section has made its third major gift to The Florida Bar Foundation in three years with a $50,000 contribution in February 2014 that follows $75,000 gifts in 2012 and 2013. “We know that what the Foundation does is essential to our judicial system and access to courts for low-income individuals […]

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