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    Foundation benefits from donations

    The Florida Bar Foundation has been the recipient of two generous donations recently. In 2022, lawyer Matthew Weidner of Weidner Law in St. Petersburg donated $15,523. Weidner incorporated Florida Consumer Justice Advocates in 2013 and raised money from defense lawyers to support consumer efforts. Their efforts wound down, so Weidner

  • Family Law Section makes $75,000 donation

    During the 2022 Florida Bar Annual Convention in June, the Family Law Section presented a check for $75,000 to the Foundation in support of children’s legal services. The section has donated more to the Foundation than any other Bar section, totaling $575,000 as of June 2022.”We’re immensely proud of our

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    Foundation uses Lightning Foundation donation to help legal aid lawyers pay down law school loans

    The Florida Bar Foundation has used a $20,000 donation from the Tampa Bay Lightning to help three Tampa-area legal aid lawyers pay down their law school loans. After Honorable Emiliano Jose “E.J.” Salcines was named a Lightning Community Hero in December, he donated a portion of his award to the

  • Foundation is recipient of cy pres award for $57,000

    The Florida Bar Foundation received a cy pres award of $57,588.08 in January. Robert W. Murphy of The Murphy Law Firm in Ft. Lauderdale facilitated the donation. Under cy pres, courts can approve a charitable donation out of unclaimed class action funds or a direct grant in lieu of damages

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    Judge Emiliano J. Salcines honored as Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero, donates award to Foundation

    The Tampa Bay Lightning named the Honorable Emiliano Jose “E.J.” Salcines its Lightning Community Hero during their Dec. 28 game in Tampa. Judge Salcines then donated $20,000 of his award from the Lightning Foundation to The Florida Bar Foundation. “We are incredibly honored by Judge Salcines’ generosity,” said Donny MacKenzie,

  • Board member supports Foundation financially and through advocacy

    Florida Bar Foundation board member Joseph “Jody” Hudgins has made a $10,001 donation to the Foundation. Hudgins, who was appointed to The Florida Bar Board of Governors as a public member in 2019, also serves on the Foundation’s board as designate for John M. Stewart, The Bar’s Immediate Past President.

  • William Sklar supports Foundation’s impact and advocacy through gift

    Seeing the potential for impacting various groups through legal aid, William Sklar, a member of Carlton Fields’ real estate and finance practice group, recently made a Legacy for Justice pledge of $10,000. “I’ve been particularly supportive of efforts and programs for those who are most vulnerable such as children and

  • Attorney Burton Young pays it forward

    As a student at Miami Beach High in the 1940s, Burton Young told a favorite teacher he thought his destiny was to be a shoe salesman. “I told her the only thing I excelled in was selling women’s shoes,” Young said. That teacher, Roberta Godbolt, and her lawyer husband saw

  • Goodall leads by example

    Deborah Goodall, an attorney in the Boca Raton, Fla., office of Goldman Felcoski & Stone, recently became a Legacy for Justice Society member by naming The Florida Bar Foundation as a beneficiary in her life insurance. “As someone who practices in the area of estate planning, I know well how

  • Searcy Denney makes largest ever law firm gift to The Florida Bar Foundation

    Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A. has made a $75,000 gift to help fund the revival of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Summer Fellows program, which places second- and third-year law students at civil legal aid organizations to get first-hand experience in public interest law. “Searcy Denney’s gift is the

  • With a gift in their wills, Maria Henderson and Bill Van Nortwick go the extra mile to ensure access to justice

    They met at a water station while training in Jacksonville, Fla., for the New York City Marathon. He was an attorney, and she was in the insurance business in Tampa. Among the many things they soon discovered they had in common was a dedication to community service. Today, after more

  • David Prather’s gift to help usher in legal aid’s next generation

    A civil trial attorney with Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, Florida Bar Foundation board member David Prather understands the importance of cultivating a talented legal team. So, through a $50,000 pledge to the Foundation, Prather is helping Florida’s legal aid organizations develop their