• 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

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    Students, lawyers speed mentor

    In April in Orlando, students from Boone High School’s Law Magnet Program spent a morning being “speed mentored.” Law students from Florida A&M University College of Law and lawyers from the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and the Foundation volunteered to mentor the students, answering questions about law school

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    Initiative counts self-represented litigants in a single day

    On May 15, the Foundation facilitated Everyone Counts, an initiative to take a census-like count of self-represented litigants on a single day in the Miami-Dade court system. First conducted March 20, 2017, Everyone Counts found that 63 percent of litigants were self-represented that day, and that domestic violence court had

  • Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White

    Message from the President – Spring 2018

    If you are reading this newsletter, then you are a friend of The Florida Bar Foundation and I would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to promoting access to justice in Florida. It is only through the collaborative support of partners like you that we are able to

  • EJW Fellow creates framework for pro bono attorneys to help immigrants

    by Nancy Kinnally Krystin Montersil, a 2017-19 Equal Justice Works Fellow, is working on a project at Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, to address a specific problem faced by undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born children. She is creating training materials for pro bono attorneys and organizing pro se clinics to

  • Message from 2016-17 President Matthew G. Brenner

    Traditionally, the last privilege of Florida Bar Foundation presidents is to share a year-in-review message in the annual report. Looking back over 2016-17, it’s hard to know where to begin, but I think in this instance it makes sense to start where the year ended. On June 22, 2017, when

  • 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

  • Foundation staff write for pro bono edition of The Florida Bar Journal

    For the second year in a row, the Foundation’s communications staff wrote a cover story and set of features on pro bono work for The Florida Bar Journal. Out in May, Pro Bono 2.0 focuses on innovations making pro bono work easier and more effective. The Barry University School of