• 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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  • Chuck Hays, Director of Information Technology

    Chuck focuses on standardizing and streamlining how the Foundation processes and uses technology. For example, he provides technical support and guidance for the fundraising system (The Raiser’s Edge), financial system (The Financial Edge), and grants management system (LegalServer). Chuck also provides project management expertise for technology initiatives, including software and network initiatives, as well as […]

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  • Melissa Moss, Deputy Director/Strategic Initiatives

    As Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives for The Florida Bar Foundation, Melissa Pershing Moss is responsible for the grants, development and pro bono departments. As part of the Foundation’s executive team, she directs strategic investments in research, program assessment, capacity-building, technical assistance and technology. She also provides research and other support to the Florida Commission […]

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  • Lushawn J. Phillips, IOTA Manager

    As IOTA manager 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 ensures […]

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  • Jasmine Lee-Gaumier, Controller

    As controller for The Florida Bar Foundation, 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 regulatory […]

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  • Michelle Fonseca, Development Coordinator

    As the development coordinator for The Florida Bar Foundation, Michelle Fonseca serves as a member of the resource development team, providing administrative support to the department. She assists with marketing, 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 […]

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