FFLA and Family Law Section fund 14 Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellows

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After a four-year pause due to lack of funding, FFLA will once again fund its Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellows program, through which Florida law students spend 10 weeks working at a legal aid organization.

FFLA allocated $100,000 to fund 10 fellows for the 2024 program. In January, The Florida Bar Family Law Section donated $37,500 to cover the costs of four additional fellows with expressed interest in marital and family law.

“The overwhelming support of the section is heartwarming,” said Maria Gonzalez, a former Family Law Section chair and current FFLA board member. “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.”

In addition to the funding, 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 fellowship.

Thirty-three law students from eight of Florida’s law schools applied. Of the 14 Summer Fellows, six are certified legal interns and four are bilingual. Each fellow will receive a $9,000 stipend and host organizations will receive additional funding to cover payroll taxes. Fellows will attend an orientation in May.

View past and current Civil Legal Aid Summer Fellows in our Grant Database.

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