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Jane Curran to Receive the 18th Annual Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award

Jane Curran to Receive the
18th Annual Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award
Presented by Legal Aid Service of Broward County

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (July 7, 2015) – Russell E. Carlisle, Esq. and Anthony J. Karrat, Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, announce Jane E. Curran, Executive Director Emeritus of The Florida Bar Foundation, has been selected to receive the 18th annual Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award. The award will be presented at the 14th Annual For the Public Good event on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale.

The Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award is given annually to an advocate whose actions exemplify a personal and professional commitment to making justice available to the poor and disadvantaged.  Through her 33 years with The Florida Bar Foundation, Jane Curran’s extraordinary vision and leadership have impacted legal service providers throughout the state. Among other things, she made immeasurable contributions to the national Interest on Legal Trust Accounts (IOLTA) movement, which changed how legal service providers are funded. Curran has tirelessly promoted access to justice statewide and nationally, as promised by our Constitution, having a life-changing positive impact on the poor throughout our country.

Past recipients of the Award, who traditionally convene to choose the new recipients, are:

Bruce Rogow, Esq. – 1999, Don A. Wich, Jr., Esq. – 2000, the late Henry Latimer, Esq. – 2001, Sharon Bourassa, Esq. – 2002, Jerome Ira Solkoff, Esq. – 2003, Howard Talenfeld, Esq. – 2004, Nancy W. Gregoire, Esq. – 2005, Levi G. Williams, Esq. – 2006, Terrence Russell, Esq. – 2007, Andrea L. Moore, Esq. – 2008, Adele I. Stone, Esq. – 2009, Belinda Keiser – 2010, Walter Honaman, Esq. – 2011, Roy Rogers – 2012, The Honorable Arthur J. England, Jr. – 2014 and The Honorable Mel Grossman – 2015.

The annual fundraiser will celebrate the magic of pro bono giving and honor members of the community who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to secure justice and change lives for the underprivileged and underserved in Broward County. An estimated 450 Broward County lawyers, judges and community leaders are expected to be in attendance, for what is widely-noted throughout Broward as the premier pro-bono recognition event of the year.

Proceeds from the event benefit children and families served by LAS and CCLA and enable both organizations to serve greater numbers of those in need.  A few of the many legal services provided include helping veterans gain much needed benefits, abused children in foster care, the homeless, children in need of special education, victims of domestic violence and families losing their homes to foreclosure.

To place congratulatory remarks or advertisements recognizing Jane Curran, or for more insight into sponsorship opportunities and how you can help celebrate, please contact or call 954-736-2429.

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Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida is a not-for-profit law firm established in 2003 and funded, in part, by the Legal Services Corporation. Our mission is to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.

Legal Aid Service of Broward County is not-for-profit law firm established in 1974. Our mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the poor of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low-income community and to encourage self-sufficiency.

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