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

    Florida Bar news release by Mark Homeister 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 […]

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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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  • Foundation to benefit from increase in federal funds rate

    The Florida Bar Foundation received some long-awaited good news Dec. 16 when the Federal Reserve announced it would raise the federal funds rate to between 0.25 and 0.5 percent. “This action marks the end of an extraordinary seven-year period during which the federal funds rate was held near zero to support the recovery of the […]

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  • Legal aid saved Keith and Vickki Jordan's home from foreclosure

    Video Spotlight: Saving Keith and Vickki’s Dream Home

      Keith and Vickki Jordan’s money woes started the way they do for many couples – with a job loss – and soon overtook them in a perfect storm of shrinking income and rising expenses that almost cost them their Jacksonville home. Not long after Vickki lost her job, Keith, a corrections officer since 1997, […]

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  • A long legal road leads to a permanent home for Brittney

      by Nancy Kinnally Brittney Carroll, 11, smiles broadly and extends her hand in greeting to welcome a visitor to her family’s Tallahassee farm, where she and her six siblings help care for a menagerie that includes dogs, cats, ponies, goats, chickens, rabbits, a donkey and a cow named Buttercream. Born prematurely and with a […]

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  • Victoria Mesa-Estrada and plaintiffs

    Laid off legal aid attorney continued pro bono on case ending with $17.4 million verdict

    by Nancy Kinnally To most Floridians the town of Felda in Hendry County is little more than an overlooked dot on a state map, but to five women who worked in the Moreno Farms packing house there it became their own little corner of Hell. Maria del Carmen Aguilar, one of five plaintiffs recently awarded […]

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  • Pro bono attorney helps families struggling with debt

    Frank Eaton has been practicing large, complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases around the country since 1990, based first in New York and now in Miami. While attending a bankruptcy conference where the Chief Bankruptcy Judge extolled the importance of pro bono assistance for general consumers who need — but can hardly afford — counsel, he […]

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  • Crossing Borders—My Experience as a First Time Juvenile Immigration Lawyer  

    When Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back first asked for attorneys to take unaccompanied minor cases, I wasn’t sure I was the right lawyer for the job. Despite my history of public interest work, including early roots as a Federal Public Defender and a consistent pro bono practice over my thirty plus year career, I currently […]

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  • Winning freedom from domestic violence

    After 18 years of feeling like a prisoner in her own home and suffering – along with her six children – her husband’s constant abuse, Natasha De Synegub finally managed to leave after pro bono attorney Natalie Weech helped her devise a plan. Weech, herself a domestic violence survivor, represented De Synegub through the Legal […]

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  • Andre Bryant becomes 15th man exonerated by Innocence Project of Florida

    Andre Bryant was reunited with his family Oct. 1 after spending eight years in prison for a robbery he didn’t commit, making him the 15th innocent person to win freedom thanks to the Innocence Project of Florida. Using post-conviction DNA testing, the Innocence Project of Florida has worked since 2003 to free those unjustly serving […]

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