• Program connects pro bono lawyers to board-certified lawyers for advice

    Certified Lawyers on Call (CLOC) is a new resource created through a partnership between the Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) and The Florida Bar Foundation’s pro bono program. CLOC connects pro bono and legal aid staff lawyers to Florida Bar board-certified lawyers who will volunteer their time to

  • Foundation awards $6.4 million in Community Economic Development grants

    The Florida Bar Foundation board on Dec. 7 approved $6.4 million in grants to 28 legal aid providers to address community economic development. Following a $16.65 billion settlement agreement between Bank of America (BOA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2014, BOA agreed to resolve federal and state claims

  • New platform matches Florida law students, lawyers on pro bono cases

    The Foundation launched the Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge on Jan. 7. 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. “A core part of the Foundation’s mission

  • Foundation receives $341,897 cy pres award

    The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $341,897 cy pres award from a class action settlement in a case concerning the rights of consumers whose cars were repossessed. Ft. Lauderdale attorney Robert W. Murphy represented the class against TD Bank, N.A. Judge John B. Bowman of the 17th Judicial Circuit in

  • Florida Justice Institute case forces change in prison health care policy

    When the pain began, Archie Green knew he needed to see a medical professional. Though the 40-year-old man was a prisoner of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), he still expected to receive some kind of treatment for increasingly distressing symptoms. Feeling a knot bulging from his groin, Green asked

  • Goldstein award winners recognized at annual dinner

    The Steven M. Goldstein Award for Excellence was created to honor a former member of the Foundation board who, as a legal services attorney and Florida State University College of Law professor, was devoted to defending the rights of the downtrodden, the unpopular and the disadvantaged. The Goldstein Award, given

  • Two long-time attorneys receive Curran Distinguished Service Award

    Two lawyers received The Florida Bar Foundation’s Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award June 14 at the Foundation’s annual reception and dinner. The award, named for the Foundation’s first executive director, recognizes individuals who, over their careers, have achieved meaningful, effective and lasting increases in access to civil justice for

  • Dr. Louis B. St. Petery receives Medal of Honor Award for a Non-Lawyer

    Tallahassee pediatric cardiologist Louis B. St. Petery received the 2018 Medal of Honor Award in the non-lawyer category at the Foundation’s 42nd annual reception and dinner June 14. St. Petery’s leadership and legislative advocacy on behalf of children on Medicaid have led to funding increases and substantial changes to the

  • Message from the President – Summer 2018

    Like you, I am passionate about increasing access to justice for our most vulnerable neighbors, co-workers and loved ones. When I first began my legal career, I received funding from the Foundation to work at a clinic at Legal Services of Greater Miami. I later went on to volunteer for

  • Howard Talenfeld receives Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer

    Howard Talenfeld, managing partner of Talenfeld Law and founding president of Florida’s Children First, received The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2018 Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer at the Foundation’s annual reception and dinner June 14 in Orlando. Talenfeld’s legislative efforts have significantly improved services for dependent children with special

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    Foundation support comes from cy pres awards, attorney donation

    The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $500,000 cy pres award from a class action settlement in a case involving rental fees for propane tanks. Jeffrey M. Liggio of Liggio Law in West Palm Beach represented the class against Heritage Operating L.P., now AmeriGas, through more than 12 years of

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    Legal aid organizations host law students on spring break

    In February, Cornell Law School contacted the Foundation with an unusual request. Their law students wanted to come to Florida for spring break, but not for fun and sun. Instead, they wanted to work for legal aid organizations as part of the school’s Spring Break Service Trip program. The Foundation