The Florida Bar Foundation has established the Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award to honor Curran for her 32 years as the organization’s founding executive director.
Curran will be the first recipient of the award in recognition of her contributions to the Foundation, to the national IOLTA movement, and to access to justice statewide and nationally. She was recruited to The Florida Bar Foundation in 1982 to lead the organization as it launched the nation’s first Interest on Trust Accounts program, which was authorized by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981.
“Jane made this Foundation a national leader.” — Foundation President Emerson R. Thompson Jr.
“Jane made this Foundation a national leader,” said Foundation President Emerson R. Thompson Jr. “She led the efforts to make the state’s IOTA Program mandatory, to achieve interest rate comparability so that IOTA accounts earn the same interest rates available to similar bank customers, and to create innovative grant programs to improve legal services delivery.”
Curran was not only the Foundation’s executive director, but also the director of its Improvements in the Administration of Justice Grant Program, which has helped launch or fund a number of important projects, including the Innocence Project of Florida. The award will be presented June 25 at the Foundation’s annual dinner and is sponsored by Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt.