• Application open for 2019 Civil Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program

    The 2019 Civil Legal Services Summer Fellowship student application is now available at https://form.jotform.com/90166379257163. This program seeks 10 ambitious Florida law students to participate in an exciting 11-week summer fellowship with one of Florida’s civil legal aid organizations. The organization and the summer fellow will be matched using their preferences outlined

  • New law school challenge platform will match students, lawyers on pro bono cases

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s pro bono program will launch the Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge on Jan. 7, 2019. Using an online platform to match students with alumni mentors, Florida’s 12 law schools will compete to see which can take the most pro bono cases during the spring semester.

  • Foundation funds 14 law students through Summer Fellow Grant Program

    Fourteen law students will have the opportunity to work in civil legal aid programs this summer through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Summer Fellows Grant Program. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime for these students,” said Kate York, the Foundation’s grants program officer. “It’s a great way to develop their

  • Contribution support revives Legal Aid Summer Fellows Program

    by Nancy Kinnally After a seven-year hiatus, The Florida Bar Foundation is reinstating its popular Legal Aid Summer Fellows Program, though which law students spend 11 weeks working at Florida civil legal aid programs in projects focused on specific goals such as preventing eviction, protecting the rights of children and

  • Pro Bono Partnerships in the news

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Partnerships department is at the forefront of pro bono technology and innovation in the US. Check out recent coverage here: Orlando Sentinel: With website, lawyers can find pro bono matches Florida Bar News: New pro bono website puts lawyers in the driver’s seat ABA

  • Florida Bar Foundation makes $781,000 in disaster legal aid grants

    The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded $781,000 in disaster grants to 15 legal aid organizations around the state to help them address the civil legal needs of Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma, as well as Puerto Ricans who have evacuated to Florida as a result of Hurricane Maria. “The Foundation

  • Interactive story map shows hurricane impacts and Florida’s vulnerable populations

    The Florida Bar Foundation has released a new data resource that reveals the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida and the vulnerable populations who could potentially need civil legal aid in the recovery, and generally. With the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expertise of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN), the Foundation

  • Statewide LGBTQ summit brings legal aid and human services providers together

    More than 200 legal aid attorneys, human services providers and other advocates gathered at the Hilton Marina Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 2-3 for a first-of-its-kind statewide LGBTQ Summit sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation and organized by Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF). “As

  • Foundation puts $1.5 million from Bank of America settlement to work

    The Florida Bar Foundation is using $1.5 million from a national settlement with Bank of America to fund seven legal aid projects around Florida, as well as four Equal Justice Works fellowships focused on community economic development. The funds are the first to be allocated from Florida’s $23 million share

  • Florida Bar Foundation adopts strategic reset

    A year after unanimously resolving to adopt a “strategic reset,” The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors June 22 approved a document detailing the approach the organization will take in its future grant making, as well as the rationale for moving the organization in a new direction.

  • Foundation’s new pro bono website goes statewide

    After a successful pilot in Miami-Dade County, FloridaProBonoMatters.org, a new website that enables pro bono attorneys to search for local pro bono cases that suit their interests, is being rolled out statewide. The Florida Bar Foundation, which has funded and overseen the development of the site, in June held training

  • Florida Racial Justice Fellowship stresses community-building

    by Stacey Singer DeLoye More than two dozen legal aid attorneys from all over Florida recently spent several months learning about structural racism, inherent bias and the law, as participants in Florida’s inaugural Racial Justice Fellowship, a training program spurred by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and