08 Feb Family Law Section Donates $37,500
The Florida Bar Family Law Section has announced a donation of $37,500 to the FFLA Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program. The Section’s Executive Council unanimously approved the funding at its recent Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando. The funds will cover the costs for four additional law student stipends in FFLA’s 2024 program for students with expressed interest in marital and family law. The fellowships will be awarded in March 2024.
“We’re currently celebrating our Section’s 50th Anniversary and our theme this year is Investing in the Next Generation,” said Sarah Kay, Section Chair. “I can think of no better way to embody that theme than by supporting young lawyers looking to get real world experience in family law working with our valued Legal Aid partners.”
“The overwhelming support of the Section is truly heart-warming,” said Maria Gonzalez, former Section Chair and current board member of FFLA, in response to the Section’s approval of the funding. “Support of our young lawyers is essential, particularly in a way that may impact them to continue to assist low-income families with legal services as a result of this fellowship,” she said.
The sentiment was echoed by Donny MacKenzie, FFLA Executive Director. “The Family Law Section’s designated gift is a win-win on so many levels. This is a prime example from the Section’s leadership to show how, by working together, we can help our leaders of tomorrow understand and appreciate the value and power of service to others,” he said.
In addition to the stipend, the Family Law Section will pair each of the four law students with a member of the Section’s Executive Council to mentor them during their fellowships.
To learn more about the Family Law Section, visit familylawfla.org and connect on social media @FamilyLawFLA. To learn more about FFLA (formerly The Florida Bar Foundation), visit fundingfla.org and connect on social media @FundingFLA.