Clearwater attorney Jewel White took office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Chief assistant county attorney with the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office, White specializes in environmental and land use law, elections law, and other areas related to local government. Board certified in city, county, and local government law, White received the 2016 Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award from The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section.
White is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, as well as her law degree.
She is a former member of the Florida Supreme Court/Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. She has served as president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, president of the Clearwater Bar Association, and a director of the Clearwater Bar Foundation. She has served on the Foundation’s Strategic Planning, Grants, Executive, Nominating, and Grant Allocation committees, chaired its Development Committee, and served as vice-chair of its Finance and Audit Committee. She is a Florida Bar Foundation fellow.
Throughout her career, White has dedicated time to public service projects, including participating in the discussion that led to the publication of the 2007 report, “Pro Bono: Looking Back, Moving Forward.”
Other Florida Bar Foundation officers are President-elect Juliette Lippman of Ft. Lauderdale, First Vice President Hala Sandridge of Tampa, Second Vice President Tom Oldt of Winter Haven, and Immediate Past President Matthew Brenner of Orlando.
Through strategic grant-making, the Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the legal aid delivery system. In addition to providing funds directly to Florida legal aid organizations, the Foundation engages in catalytic philanthropy by investing in training, technology, technical assistance, assessment, and capacity-building for the legal aid delivery system and works to develop and expand innovative pro bono initiatives.