July 15, 2008
by Nancy Kinnally
Tampa attorney Kathleen McLeroy took office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that fosters law-related public service programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.
McLeroy received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and earned her juris doctor from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Virginia, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the Washington & Lee Law Review.
A shareholder of Carlton Fields, McLeroy chairs the firm’s pro bono committee and is a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation, as well as past president of Bay Area Legal Services, which provides free civil legal services to the poor in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
McLeroy has served on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors since 1999. She has been a leader in efforts to secure legal services funding and increase pro bono activity by members of the legal profession. She also has served on numerous committees of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.
McLeroy’s long history of giving back to the community and her dedication to her profession has resulted in much recognition, including The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2005); the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service (2004); and Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program (2001).