• New access commission shares Foundation’s primary goal

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s mission of providing greater access to justice is now the goal of a commission created last fall by administrative order of Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and funded by The Florida Bar. The 27-member Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice is studying the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income, […]

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  • Message from the president

    Buzzwords often sound important, but soon evaporate. Phrases like “think outside the box” or “interdisciplinary approach” suffer from overuse. Also popular in the public vernacular were “transparency” and “engaged.” During this year, our board and Executive Director Bruce B. Blackwell have restored true meaning to those shibboleths. When I became president of the Foundation, we […]

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  • Medical-legal partnership answers veterans’ needs, changes lives

    When Henry Wilson’s VA pension was cut from $1,000 to $65 a month due to clerical errors, the lost income put him into a downward spiral that only reversed when a young lawyer and fellow Army veteran intervened and got his benefits restored. Equal Justice Works Fellow Amanda Sejba, whose work at Coast to Coast […]

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  • Lushawn J. Phillips, IOTA Manager

    As IOTA program director for The Florida Bar Foundation, Lushawn Phillips is responsible for overseeing the education and operation of the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program for lawyers, law firms and participating eligible institutions. She also serves as a member of the Joint Resource Development/Banking Committee for the National Association of IOLTA Programs. Lushawn […]

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  • Jasmine Lee-Gaumier, Controller

    As controller for The Florida Bar Foundation, Jasmine manages the organization’s accounting operations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and internal policies and procedures. This includes budgeting, auditing, accounts payable and receivable, fiscal administration of grants and Foundation and Endowment investments, general ledger and financial reporting. She is also responsible for corporate, tax and […]

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  • Michelle Fonseca, Director of Development

    As the director of development for The Florida Bar Foundation, Michelle Fonseca serves as a member of the resource development team. She is responsible for donor recognition, retention and recruitment for annual, major and planned giving, the Fellows program, the campaign for Children’s Legal Services, and the Kids Deserve Justice Specialty License Plate. Prior to […]

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  • Lou Ann Powell, Deputy Director/CFO/CFO

    As Deputy Director/CFO/COO for The Florida Bar Foundation Lou Ann Powell is a member of the Foundation’s executive team and shares responsibility for fiscal policy development and strategic planning. She has oversight responsibilities for all areas of fiscal administration, including governance, finance and investments, office and human resources. In addition she has oversight over the […]

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  • Maritza Ramirez, Office Manager

    Maritza Ramirez serves as the Office Manager at The Florida Bar Foundation. Maritza handles office administration duties, including coordinating and assisting with arrangements for meetings and conferences, assisting with the preparation of board and committee materials, and providing general insurance information to staff. She is responsible for the Foundation’s personnel/payroll/benefits, the processing of expense reports for staff, […]

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  • Foundation mourns Julio C. Jaramillo

    by Nancy Kinnally January 22, 2015 The Florida Bar Foundation lost a great leader, and a beautiful family lost an adoring husband and father Jan. 19, when Julio Cesar Jaramillo, 48, passed away after battling lymphoma for several months. ‘He was a charismatic leader that everyone was eager to follow,” said Senior Judge Emerson R. […]

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  • Foundation seeks Medal of Honor Award nominees

    December 1, 2014 2015 Nomination form — Non-Lawyer 2015 Nomination form — Lawyer ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2015 Medal of Honor Awards until Feb. 3. The Medal of Honor Award is given in two categories. The first category is for members of The Florida Bar, including […]

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