• 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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    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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    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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    Florida Bar Leadership Academy makes leadership gift

    by Doug Sachs The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Class II on June 27 demonstrated what being leaders is all about by making a collective $34,200 pledge to The Florida Bar Foundation, the Academy’s first such contribution. “The Foundation is the hidden gem for lawyers who want to give back and make a difference,” said Renee […]

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    ACTL Fellows provide trial skills training for legal aid attorneys

    by Doug Sachs Linda Smith, 48, her elderly mother and two teenage sons stood to lose their federally subsidized apartment after Jacksonville police found a marijuana plant on the family’s back patio, but before they would be evicted they would have their day in court. Such were the facts of the hypothetical case at the […]

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    Foundation to benefit from $500,000 cy pres award

    An Orlando-based U.S. District Judge presiding in the Middle District of Florida has approved a $10 million funded settlement in a case involving late-fee charges by Bank of America. As part of that settlement, the court directed a $500,000 cy pres award to The Florida Bar Foundation. Tampa attorney John A. Yanchunis of Morgan & […]

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  • Garcia joins Foundation as director of pro bono

    Former legal aid attorney Ericka Garcia has joined The Florida Bar Foundation staff to support local and statewide efforts to expand pro bono partnerships with bar associations, law firms, courts, law schools and legal aid organizations. As director of pro bono partnerships, Garcia will collaborate with The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal […]

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    Message from the President

    “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Immortal words uttered by Thomas Paine in 1776 seem appropriate in many respects today. For instance, as we survey the legal services landscape, it’s easy to see that demand for legal services is up and funding is down. Meanwhile, the existing service delivery model has never met […]

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    Florida Justice Technology Center launches with Florida Bar Foundation funding

    July 8, 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. —A new statewide nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology has been launched with $725,000 in funding from The Florida Bar Foundation. The Florida Justice Technology Center is made possible through the start-up funding, which was included as part of a bridge loan made […]

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    Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award goes to project that secured lawyers for dependent children with special needs

    July 8, 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. — Attorney Richard Joyce stood before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman and stated his 10-year-old client’s case in the simplest terms. “I believe the court has the ability to enforce this child’s rights,” Joyce said. The child, who had been in the care of the Florida Department of Children and […]

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