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    Pro bono help brings a mother’s six-year wait to a joyful end

      For six years, Kimberly Conyers did everything in her power to regain custody of her son, writing letter after letter to the judge in her case, but it wasn’t until she got pro bono help – both from a lawyer and a psychologist – that she was able to overcome the one barrier that […]

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    Foundation-funded project protects the rights of chronically ill children to specialty care

    When Jennifer Rodriguez got a call from a nurse case manager last May asking her to take a survey about her son Alex, 11, she had no idea that her responses could get him tossed from a Medicaid specialty managed care program for chronically ill and disabled kids. “I answered her questions honestly but she […]

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    A decade of partnership puts an end to 275 years behind bars

    When James Bain embraced his sisters on the steps of the Polk County, Fla., courthouse on Dec. 17, 2009, as a free man for the first time in 35 years, he had served more time in prison than anyone ever exonerated through DNA testing. On March 4, 2016, 42 years to the day since the […]

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    Message from the President – Winter 2016

    Listed below are generous groups and inspiring individuals who have helped make The Florida Bar Foundation’s work possible over many years. Those in our Lifetime Giving Societies have made major contributions to support the Foundation’s mission of providing greater access to Justice. They include many Foundation Fellows who have taken their giving to the next […]

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    Blackwell Receives 2016 Tobias Simon Award

    Florida Bar Foundation CEO Bruce Blackwell receives Tobias Simon Award When Florida Bar Foundation CEO Bruce B. Blackwell accepted the 2016 Tobias Simon Award at the Florida Supreme Court Jan. 28, he shared The Florida Bar’s highest public service honor with all of those who endeavor to ensure justice for those least able to afford […]

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    Message from the President – Spring 2016

    Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” This thought describes precisely our focus and commitment to access to justice. For instance, through the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice we have worked with and assisted a spectrum of statewide leaders focusing on […]

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    Florida Bar sections continue to provide vital funding

    Four Florida Bar sections have donated a combined $200,000 to The Florida Bar Foundation in 2015-16, including a $75,000 gift from the Family Law Section that is earmarked for Children’s Legal Services grants. The Business Law Section and the Appellate Practice Section each gave $50,000 and the Criminal Law Section contributed $25,000. “In a year […]

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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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    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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    Fellowship project offers legal help for foster children with medical needs

    Florida foster kids have a new ally in overcoming barriers to health care thanks to a project sponsored jointly by the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Foundation. Antoinette “Toni” Pollard is pursing the project, which began in September, as a 2015-17 Equal Justice Works Fellow in […]

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