Foundation seeks nominations for Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

Sharon Bourassa, right, accepts the Curran award in 2018. Marcia Cypen also received the award.

The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award until February 15, 2019.

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 every innovation utilized in the IOTA/IOLTA movement throughout the United States until her retirement. The award is intended to recognize an individual who, over his or her career, has achieved meaningful, effective and lasting increases in access to civil justice for the poor in Florida. The recipients may be legal aid attorneys, Foundation employees, non-lawyer legal aid staff members, or other public service/governmental staff whose work involves the justice system, and whose commitment sets them apart to an extraordinary degree as deserving of such recognition. Curran received the inaugural award in 2015.

Nominations can be completed online at:

Nomination forms also are available from the Foundation and should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland, FL 32751, or via e-mail to

The award will be presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner during The Florida Bar Annual Convention June 27, 2019, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. For more information, call The Florida Bar Foundation at 407-960-7000.