by Nancy Kinnally
ORLANDO, Fla. —Tallahassee attorney Benjamin L. Crump has been appointed by The Florida Bar to serve a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that works on behalf of Florida’s legal profession to expand access to justice.
Crump, a principal in Parks & Crump, LLC, earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University and his juris doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. He became the first African-American chairman of the law school’s board of directors in 2009.
For the past 10 years Crump has served on the board of directors of Legal Services of North Florida Inc. In 2008, he and his partner Daryl Parks were co-recipients of the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professions in recognition of their donation of $1 million to Legal Services of North Florida.
Crump has dedicated his practice to serious personal injury, wrongful death, mass torts and civil rights. He and Parks have provided legal representation and recovered large awards on behalf of their clients in some of the nation’s most high-profile cases.
“In today’s economy, low-income clients and legal services organizations face immense struggles due to increased needs for services and fewer resources,” Crump said. “I want to assist The Florida Bar Foundation to help legal services organizations meet the needs of clients.”
Crump, a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, began his term July 1.