Message from the President – Spring 2016

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Donny MacKenzie

Donny MacKenzie

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 the critical need for delivery of legal services to low- and moderate-income Floridians. Together with our partners, we are creating a new model which will embrace and harness new technology and improve access. We are also committed to making this powerful collaboration continue through a permanent Commission. In the interim, we are actively assisting with the Commission’s first major initiative, a statewide online triage gateway that will direct hard-pressed Floridians to the form of legal assistance or information most appropriate for them. This system, which will be available on any computer or smartphone with Internet access, represents not an enhancement of what is, but an advancement toward what will be. True progress indeed.

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