• 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 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

  • 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