• Settlement helps seniors, disabled on Medicaid avoid nursing homes

    by Stacey Singer DeLoye Following painful spinal surgery, Janet Cramer, 79, suffered a fall that left her a paraplegic. As upset as they were by her sudden disability, Cramer’s family members were completely devastated by the blow that came next. At the most vulnerable moment in her life, Cramer was

  • Florida Bar Foundation makes $781,000 in disaster legal aid grants

    The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded $781,000 in disaster grants to 15 legal aid organizations around the state to help them address the civil legal needs of Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma, as well as Puerto Ricans who have evacuated to Florida as a result of Hurricane Maria. “The Foundation

  • York joins The Florida Bar Foundation as grant program officer

    Catherine “Kate” York has joined The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, as its grant program officer. The Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the legal

  • Statewide LGBTQ summit brings legal aid and human services providers together

    More than 200 legal aid attorneys, human services providers and other advocates gathered at the Hilton Marina Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 2-3 for a first-of-its-kind statewide LGBTQ Summit sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation and organized by Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF). “As

  • Nelson Joins The Florida Bar Foundation as Pro Bono Program Officer

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Claud B. Nelson III has joined The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, as its new pro bono program officer. The Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the

  • Harkness receives Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer

    Florida Bar Executive Director John F. “Jack” Harkness Jr., a nationally recognized legal visionary and the nation’s longest-serving bar executive, received The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2017 Medal of Honor Award in the lawyer category June 22 at the Foundation’s annual dinner in Boca Raton. “Jack is the conscience, the brains

  • Jane Curran receives Medal of Honor Award for a Non-Lawyer

    Jane Elizabeth Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation’s founding executive director, received the 2017 Medal of Honor Award in the non-lawyer category at the Foundation’s 41st Annual Reception Dinner June 22. Curran was recruited to The Florida Bar Foundation in 1982 to lead the organization as it launched the nation’s first

  • Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White

    Message from the President – Fall 2017

    If you’ve heard there’s a lot of change going on at The Florida Bar Foundation, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, this expanded issue of Speaking of Justice will bring you up to date. As our cover story explains, the Foundation is undertaking a strategic reset at

  • Lean lawyering: A Florida legal aid office test drives the Toyota Way

    At first blush, the industrial challenge of manufacturing automobiles might seem as far from the service-driven job of providing legal aid as launching a rocket is from frosting a cake. And yet on a sunny morning in April of 2016, Toyota advisor Lance A. Lewis sat by the reception desk

  • Mapping problems improves efficiency at Legal Services of Miami

    Business-process improvement strategies have the power to increase an organization’s capacity without adding expense, said Melissa Moss, deputy director for strategic initiatives at The Florida Bar Foundation. That’s a key need for the legal aid sector at this moment, Moss said. Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, chief information officer for Legal Services of

  • Foundation puts $1.5 million from Bank of America settlement to work

    The Florida Bar Foundation is using $1.5 million from a national settlement with Bank of America to fund seven legal aid projects around Florida, as well as four Equal Justice Works fellowships focused on community economic development. The funds are the first to be allocated from Florida’s $23 million share

  • Florida Bar Foundation adopts strategic reset

    A year after unanimously resolving to adopt a “strategic reset,” The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors June 22 approved a document detailing the approach the organization will take in its future grant making, as well as the rationale for moving the organization in a new direction.