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Marbut Report: Legal aid groups receive $143K windfall

Release Date: 
04/16/2018

The court ordered that it be distributed to charitable organizations, including $2.2 million to help legal aid agencies provide representation for Florida residents who can’t afford to hire an attorney.

In addition, The Florida Bar Foundation received $500,000 earmarked for legal aid at its discretion, “so get get your money,” Liggio said to the legal aid executives.

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Bradford meeting educates on constitution revision

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03/26/2018

If you’re not up on what the Constitution Revision Commission is, but want to be, there’s a meeting in Bradford County Wednesday for you.

Attorney Bruce B. Blackwell, executive director of the Florida Bar Foundation, will make a presentation about the CRC at 11 a.m. to teach residents about Florida’s unique constitution revision process. Recent surveys show that only 1 in 10 Floridians are up to speed on the topic, according to the Florida Bar’s meeting announcement.

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Sometimes, the best legal work is free. These attorneys are getting love for that

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01/25/2018

Since being named to the federal bench in 1998, Seitz’s efforts have been focused on expanding the pro bono activities of the Federal Bar Association; CARE Court, a court for prisoners re-entering society after long prison stretches; and Florida Pro Bono Matters, a Florida Bar Foundation site that makes finding available pro bono work easy for lawyers.

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Have a civil law question? Justice on the Block has answers

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12/22/2017

Justice on the Block is part of The Escambia Project, a community-based initiative supported by The Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida and Pathways for change and facilitated by Stanford Law School's Legal Design Lab. More information about The Escambia Project and its ...

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McLeroy and Salter: Rule changes intended to boost free legal aid

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12/10/2017

A Nov. 29 guest column by David E. Morrill of Sarasota (“Plan discourages retired attorneys from advising poor Floridians”) regarding a Florida Bar rule change designed to encourage more pro bono service by retired lawyers calls for some explanation — and a lot of reassurance.

Mr. Morrill deserves praise for his many years of service to legal aid as a pro bono lawyer, as does each member of The Florida Bar who helps provide more than 1.6 million hours of free legal assistance every year.

This is exactly the kind of service that The Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and the Florida Bar Foundation have worked tirelessly to promote, and together our hope is to make the delivery of pro bono service easier to access and to deliver.

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Escambia Project Expands Residents' Access To Legal Help

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11/06/2017

The Escambia Project is an ongoing initiative to provide Escambia residents with greater access to civil justice. It utilizes a unique community approach to developing new legal help services that are accessible and easy to use.

The Escambia Project launched in February of this year, supported by Pathways for Change, Legal Services of North Florida, and the Florida Bar Foundation.

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Florida Bar Foundation Takes AI to the Justice Gap

Release Date: 
10/24/2017

The Pensacola-based pilot project found that applying predictive modeling to integrated intake systems could help nonprofit groups diagnose potential legal issues. 

The Escambia Project, a co-sponsored initiative of the Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida, and social services nonprofit Pathways for Change, found that integrated systems can be a huge asset in helping people identify their legal issues and get connected with assistance. The project established a channel between Pathways and LSNF’s intake systems, allowing Pathways to push any potential legal needs over to legal aid attorneys who can assist.

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Escambia Project finding new ways to offer civil legal help

Release Date: 
10/21/2017

Meanwhile, our most vulnerable neighbors have legal problems that  ̶  when left unaddressed  ̶  put them in physical danger from abusers, adversely impact their health, keep them from working, and can even cause them to end up homeless.

That’s why The Florida Bar Foundation created a partnership with Pathways for Change and Legal Services of North Florida — to pose the question, “How do you get legal assistance to people who might not even know they need it?”

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Escambia Project to discuss work closing the 'justice gap'

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10/18/2017

The Escambia Project is a joint effort to ensure everyone has access to legal aid, even people who may not realize they need it.

Over the past several months, The Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida and Pathways for Change have been working to advance that cause through a series of pilot projects that connect people with legal assistance both online and in their neighborhoods.

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Florida Legal Aid Agencies Readying for Calls and Questions from Hurricane Irma Victims

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09/14/2017

The Florida Bar's Disaster Legal Services Hotline, 1-866-550-2929, came online Wednesday morning but had not gotten any calls by the end of the day, according to a Florida Bar spokeswoman.

The hotline, which is a collaboration between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar, will be most useful for the immediate legal issues that come up in the two weeks following the disaster. It matches low-income Floridians needing legal advice after the storm with volunteer lawyers.

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After Hurricane Irma, Florida Legal Community Is In It For The Long Haul

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09/11/2017

Legal aid is critical after a natural disaster. Civil legal aid organizations often help clients not only in the immediate aftermath of a disaster but for years afterwards as they work to rebuild their lives and businesses. We want to make sure Florida’s civil legal aid delivery system is equipped for the massive job ahead.

— Florida Bar Foundation president Jewel White

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The Florida Bar, FEMA Prepare to Help Hurricane Irma Victims

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09/08/2017

The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors set aside $500,000 Thursday to support Florida legal aid organizations that suffer infrastructure damage or equipment losses and help their clients with hurricane-related civil legal issues in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The money comes from Florida's share of a settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice and six states.

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Legal Aid Society: Ensuring equal access to justice for all

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07/26/2017

The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.

A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.

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New Florida Bar President Promises to Focus on Mental Health

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06/23/2017

Newly installed Florida Bar President Michael Higer outlined five priorities for the bar's coming year, including a focus on lawyer mental health, as he took the oath of office on Friday.

Higer, a Miami litigator, identified the priorities as communicating member benefits and resources to lawyers, expanding member resources in the area of technology, continuing to eliminate bias and promote diversity within the legal community; supporting lawyer well-being, and educating bar members and the public about the Constitutional Revision Commission.

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Stephanie Marchman: Legal aid positively impacts economy

Release Date: 
04/11/2017

Those of us in the legal community have long understood the positive impact of legal aid on low-income families, but we now have powerful evidence that legal aid also benefits the economy in our community and statewide.

A new study commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation found that every dollar invested in civil legal aid organizations by the foundation, donors and other sources resulted in more than $7 in economic impacts in 2015.

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