• FSU law professor honored for work supported in part by The Florida Bar Foundation

    by Jakeyla Augustin Paolo Annino, director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at the Florida State University Public Interest Law Center, has been selected by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to receive the 2017 Father Robert Drinan Award for his work, much of which has been funded by The

  • Brittney and Panga

    Pro bono attorney prevents wrongful eviction for mother and daughter

    by Rayven Wright On the eve of her 21st birthday, Brittney and her mother Tina were shocked to receive a notice of non-compliance from their property manager. According to the notice, Brittney’s emotional support animal, Panga, was in violation of the community’s height and weight guidelines under the pet policy.

  • Gulfport attorney, 79, still going strong for pro bono clients

    By Rayven Wright Not long after his retirement in 2012, Gulfport attorney Larry Markell, then in his mid-70s, began offering his legal services pro bono to low-income residents throughout Pinellas County through the Community Law Program. In Markell’s first case with the program, he represented a divorcee about his age.

  • Miami pro bono attorney works to reunite teen with his aunt

    By Rayven Wright After his parents lost their parental rights, “Jake,” 15, began the battle to find stability and permanency in a forever home. While living with his parents, Jake had been exposed to violence and drug use and experienced severe neglect. Jake was placed with his maternal aunt, but

  • Anais Taboas

    Florida Bar Foundation hires South Florida pro bono program officer

    MIAMI – Anais Taboas will join The Florida Bar Foundation Nov. 7 as its new South Florida Pro Bono Program Officer and will work out of space donated by top 100 U.S. law firm Akerman LLP in its Miami office. A statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide greater

  • Mobile Law for All project sends volunteers into high-poverty neighborhoods

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye Located within the Leon County Courthouse near the Capitol, the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee connects more than 120 volunteer attorneys per year to low-income Floridians faced with complex civil matters such as landlord-tenant disputes and child custody concerns. Getting to the foundation requires finding parking

  • Teamwork enables Miami veteran to keep longtime family home

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye For 40 years the Rolle family had lived in the same modest home in the Miami area. Ten Rolle children grew up in that 1,200-square-foot house. But as the patriarch of the Rolle family grew older, he took out a reverse mortgage to help with living

  • Tampa man’s family homestead benefit secured with attorney’s help

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye After losing his mother to Alzheimer’s disease, a Tampa-area man almost lost the homestead exemption on his family home because he mistakenly assumed he had automatically become the titled property owner and qualified for the exemption upon her death. After seeking to continue the homestead exemption

  • Jacksonville attorneys help disabled client resolve landlord-tenant dispute

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye When landlords don’t keep up their property, the consequences for low-income tenants can be severe without the help of an attorney. Fortunately for a disabled woman from Duval County, Lanny Russell and Joseph Rogan of Smith Hulsey & Busey accepted her case pro bono, through Jacksonville

  • Pro bono lawyer helps wakeboarding harness inventor skim through patent application

    By Stacey Singer DeLoye Florida beaches aren’t globally recognized for surfing, due to a continental shelf that dampens large waves. But plenty of people love wakeboarding behind a tow boat or skimboarding along the shore, among them, Matthew White, a 23-year-old electrical engineering student at the University of Central Florida.