Florida Bar Foundation

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Primary geographic focus: Florida
Organization type(s): Bar/Pro Bono


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Kiosks Could Help Floridians Get Access To Legal Aid

CBS Miami
May 15, 2015
This piece details the new ways that the Access to Civil Justice commission proposes to increase access to justice in Florida.

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Florida high court rejects hike in Bar dues for legal aid

Jim Saunders
Orlando Sentinel
July 10, 2015
The Florida Supreme Court rejects a fee-hike proposal to raise money for of legal services for the poor.


Civil legal aid breaks the cycle of poverty, benefits taxpayers

Darryl Bloodworth
Orlando Sentinel
September 18, 2015
Civil legal aid has a far-reaching economic impact in Florida.


Schifino: Make pro bono count for those who need it most

William J. Schifino, Jr.
Tallahassee Democrat
November 16, 2016
Pro bono service is part of the very DNA of our justice system, because accessing it shouldn’t have a price tag or be limited only to those who can afford it.


To guarantee justice for all, fund legal aid for the poor

Francisco Angones
Miami Herald
February 1, 2017
An estimated 80 percent or more of people who need civil legal assistance in the United States go without, because they cannot afford it. Though they try to represent their own interests, frequently they find the system too complex to navigate on their own.

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Bridging the justice gap pays off for Floridians in multiple ways

Carl Domino
SaintPetersBlog (FL)
February 2, 2017
Faced with problems like foreclosure proceedings, evictions, divorces, probate or consumer disputes, they try to manage on their own. That’s costly, not just for them, but for all of us.

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Legal aid spending has a seven-fold economic impact, Florida study finds

ABA Journal
February 2, 2017
Legal aid also saves money for governments that don’t have to provide emergency shelter because of help provided to tenants and low-income homeowners, the study found.

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Florida’s top judge calling for expansion of legal aid services

Mike Vasilinda
WCTV (legal CBS, Tallahassee)
February 3, 2017
The services help people through the court system in divorce, foreclosure, or other civil cases. Advocates say the assistance saves everyone money.


Invest in access to civil justice: Where We Stand

Orlando Sentinel
February 3, 2017
While the governor’s proposal called for spending $83.5 billion, a record amount, he couldn’t spare a dime for legal assistance for Floridians who can’t afford to hire lawyers in civil court, where noncriminal cases are handled.


Gov. Rick Scott ignores legal aid for Floridians

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 7, 2017
While the governor's proposal called for spending $83.5 billion, a record amount, he couldn't spare a dime for legal assistance for Floridians who can't afford to hire lawyers in civil court, where noncriminal cases are handled.

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Study Shows Free Legal Services For The Poor Are Good For Business, Not Just To Feel Good

Wilson Sayre
WLRN (South Florida)
February 9, 2017
A new study from the Foundation found that for every dollar spent towards legal aid services, there is a $7 return on investment.


Justice helps economy

Alan B. Bookman
Pensacola News Journal (FL)
February 26, 2017
As a lawyer and former leader of The Florida Bar, I call on our local business, philanthropic, humanitarian and community leaders to recognize that the challenge of equal justice is one in which we should all be invested.


Legal aid positively impacts economy

Stephanie Marchman
Daily Commercial (FL)
April 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.


Don’t close courthouse doors on Floridians

Orlando Sentinel
April 28, 2017
An additional $22 million for legal aid would be modest by comparison, but it would have a life-changing impact for thousands of Floridians.


The power of pro bono work by lawyers

Hala Sandridge
Tampa Bay Times
October 19, 2017
This year's week, Oct. 22-28, comes at a time when lawyers are especially vital to helping Floridians recover not just from individual crises — but from a natural disaster that affected millions of us.

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“Escambia Project” Expands Residents’ Access To Legal Help

Sandra Averhart
WUWF (Pensacola, FL)
November 6, 2017
It utilizes a unique community approach to developing new legal help services that are accessible and easy to use.


Elections matter and access to justice issues should count

Kathleen McLeroy
Tampa Bay Times
October 26, 2018
Florida is one of only two states that do not have state funding for civil legal aid.


Fund equal access to justice

John Patterson
Sarasota Herald Tribune
October 28, 2018
It is a sad fact that our justice system is accessible primarily by those with enough money to endure the process. Merits, not money, should be the deciding factor when it comes to justice.

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A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash

Jack Karp
November 26, 2018
IOLTA programs across the country have been a major source of dollars for civil legal aid programs for decades, but anemic interest rates since the financial crash in 2008 have largely drained what was once a much deeper pond.

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Florida High Court Hears Debate About Fee-Hike Proposal

Rene Stutzman
Orlando Sentinel
December 2, 2014
Acknowledging the funding crisis, the Florida Supreme Court considers Florida Bar due increases to fund legal aid services.

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