The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for six seats on its board of directors for terms starting in July under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Foundation board to be selected in equal portions by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Foundation.
Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1. The positions for which applicants are being sought currently are held by: Erin H. Barker, Sarasota, and Hala Sandridge, Tampa (Foundation appointees), Yara Lorenzo and David Rothman, both of Miami (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Matthew G. Brenner, Orlando, and Damian Thomas, Miami (Florida Supreme Court appointees). Barker, Lorenzo, Sandridge, and Rothman are eligible for an additional term.
Since 1981, the Foundation has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board awards all grants, oversees the Foundation’s fundraising program, sets investment policies and Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.
Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland, 32751, 800-541-2195, or downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.floridabarfoundation.org. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 3. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Applicants for the Bar seats should contact the Bar’s executive director or visit the Bar’s website, floridabar.org.)
The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for attorney members, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.
Applicants will be advised in writing by May 31 of action taken by the selecting authorities.