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Family Law Section donates $37,500 to FFLA’s Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program

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The funds will support four additional law student stipends in 2024

The Florida Bar Family Law Section has donated $37,500 to the FFLA’s Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program.

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

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.

“We’re currently celebrating our Section’s 50th Anniversary and our theme this year is ‘Investing in the Next Generation,’” said Chair Sarah Kay. “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.”

Maria Gonzales

Maria Gonzales

“The overwhelming support of the section is truly heartwarming,” said Maria Gonzalez, a former Family Law Section chair and current board member of FFLA (formerly known as The Florida Bar Foundation), 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.”

Donny MacKenzie, FFLA’s executive director, said the The Family Law Section’s gift is a “win-win” on 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,” MacKenzie said.

In addition to the stipend, the Family Law Section pairs each of the four law students with a member of the section’s executive council to mentor them during their fellowships.

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