• Speaking of Justice Fall 2013

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  • President’s Message – Fall 2013

    When most of us think of legal aid, we think of public interest lawyers helping individual clients resolve civil legal problems on a case-by-case basis. In reality, legal aid goes well beyond helping one client at a time. The expertise and collaboration that has developed among the lawyers at the Foundation’s 30-plus legal aid grantees […]

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  • Florida foster youth shine at the Capitol

    The abuse Manushka Gilet suffered from the age of 12 at the hands of her stepfather did not stop her from engaging in a wide range of school-sponsored activities as a teenager; it took the laws then governing the foster-care system to do that. “I’m a very active child. I do debate team, mock trial, […]

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  • Akerman LLP remembers Jim Foster with $10,000 gift designated for Children’s Legal Services

    During his 16 years at Akerman LLP, Jim Foster was someone colleagues and friends often turned to for advice. “He was very much a mentor to younger lawyers and even to more experienced lawyers,” said Charles Brumback, managing partner of the Orlando office. “Having practiced for 40 years, he had a wealth of experience, and […]

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  • Lawyers partner with libraries in innovative pro bono effort

    As fallout from the recession lingers, legal problems from foreclosure to divorce continue to haunt low-income Floridians just as the resources of legal aid organizations dwindle, which is why volunteer efforts got more innovative than ever during Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 20-26. Through a new outreach effort, lawyers from the Panhandle to the Keys […]

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  • Project that secured Medicaid benefits for autistic children receives inaugural Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award

    A Miami-based legal aid project that enabled more than 8,000 autistic children to gain coverage under Florida Medicaid for the only effective, evidence-based treatment for their condition was recognized with the first Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award by The Florida Bar Foundation at its Sept. 20 board meeting. The first-place “Children’s Autism Treatment Project” was […]

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  • Protecting the legal rights of Florida’s migrant farmworkers

    Pedro Hernandez Perez, 51, has had his wallet stolen twice once from a migrant farmworker boarding house and the second time on a bus. “They took my money and my documents and left me without anything,” Perez said. Each time he was robbed Perez had to apply for replacement of his Green Card so he […]

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  • Children’s Campaign 2013

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  • Children’s legal services projects in dire need of funding

    A single mother waiting tables in Daytona Beach, Michelle Gonska rarely saw two days go by without getting a call from her first-grader’s school about his behavior. “I was trying to work, and the school was calling me every other day because they could not handle him,” she said. “I was losing so much time […]

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  • President’s Message Summer 2013

    Think about what your life would be like if you had not had access to education, health care, and a safe living environment as a child. Now imagine having a serious illness or a disability and being denied health-care services. Perhaps you would have fared poorly in school because no one addressed your learning disabilities […]

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  • Please consider a charitable donation to help provide legal assistance to Florida’s most vulnerable children

    Florida Bar Foundation Children’s Legal Services grants support legal assistance to poor children in critical areas that affect their safety, well-being and future development. Children’s Legal Services include help for foster children and children in need of health benefits or special educational assistance. Bar members can support Children’s Legal Services by adding a donation to […]

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  • Speaking of Justice Summer 2013

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