• Hala Sandridge

    Message from the President – Summer 2019

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not.” The poet John Mark Green wrote, “I blinked my eyes and in an instant, decades had passed.” These quotes capture some of the sentiments the Foundation has and is experiencing. What had been expected to be a short-term downturn

  • EJW Fellow lays foundation for change in rural immigrant neighborhoods

    By Natalie Disla Passionate about sparking change for immigrant and migrant families, Joseph Cordova, a 2018-20 Florida Bar Foundation-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow, practices community lawyering near south Putnam and northwest Volusia Counties. “They’re definitely the most vulnerable people that we have in our country,” Cordova said. “The whole reason

  • Message from the President – Spring 2019

    In April, I joined 11 colleagues as part of a delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C., for ABA Days to advocate for funding of Legal Services Corporation. LSC provides a substantial amount of funding to seven Florida legal aid organizations; without their funding, 44% fewer Floridians would get civil legal

  • With support of lawyers, foster children bloom into successful adults

    Ping-ponging between relatives’ homes as a child, Michelle Charles struggled to understand why she and her two sisters moved so often. When she was five, her mother died, and her father began constantly shuffling the girls’ living arrangements. When Michelle was eight, she moved from Miami into a home in

  • Emeritus lawyer at a legal aid office

    Retired lawyers, law professors now eligible to take pro bono cases

    Understanding the importance of helping those who cannot afford a lawyer, Lawrence “Larry” Moncrief began pro bono work when he was a corporate lawyer in the ‘80s. Though he retired in 1991, Moncrief’s legal career was far from over. In fact, he still had decades of pro bono work left

  • Message from the President – Winter 2019

    As I write this, I am halfway through my term as the Foundation’s president. The past six months have passed quickly, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with our illustrious board and dedicated staff diligently on several matters. This has been an exciting time, and I am pleased to

  • Innocence project client and lawyer

    Innocence Project of Florida sees three men freed in one year

    After spending a combined 76 years incarcerated, three Florida men regained their freedom with the help of Innocence Project of Florida (IPF). Dean McKee, Dwight Dubose and Jules Letemps were released recently. IPF receives the majority of its funding from The Florida Bar Foundation, which awarded it $380,000 through an

  • Lawyers travel to Florida Keys on Justice Bus for hurricane clinic

    More than a year after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, many low-income Keys residents continue to struggle with hurricane-related and other legal issues that have impacted their economic stability. In December, pro bono volunteers from Akerman LLP and Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

  • Residential eviction mediation pilot launches in Pinellas

    In an effort to make it easier for landlords and their tenants to resolve disputes without the tenant being evicted, the 6th Judicial Circuit launched a six-month pilot program to encourage mediation in January. Funding for the effort will come from a 2019 Community Economic Development grant from the Foundation

  • Foundation funds disaster recovery grant in wake of Hurricane Michael

    In November, the Foundation allocated $50,000 for a disaster relief grant for Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF). Eleven of the 16 counties LSNF serves throughout the Panhandle were impacted by Hurricane Michael in October and federally declared disaster areas. LSNF also applied for a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) disaster

  • Community Champions program recognizes banks that go above and beyond

    In December, the Foundation introduced a recognition program for participating banking institutions that go above and beyond the IOTA rule requirements of Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program. These “Community Champions” are committed to ensuring the success of the IOTA program and the mission of the Foundation by fostering

  • Stock as a charitable donation

    Have you considered appreciated securities or stock as a charitable donation? Donations to The Florida Bar Foundation may be deducted on your federal income tax return as an itemized deduction. And, donors may escape the unrealized gains on the donated stock. Donors can send unendorsed stock certificates by registered mail