President’s Message – Winter 2024

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FFLA is off and rolling! In December, we distributed more than $33 million in IOTA funds to 35 legal aid providers. Undoubtedly, this funding gives more low-income Floridians a greater chance to address and resolve their legal needs.

Right now, FFLA staff are finalizing an IOTA Distribution final report template. The 34 qualified grantee organizations that received this funding for the 2023 calendar year are required to report on the use of those funds and certify their compliance with the IOTA rule. Our report template is designed to gauge the actual work and results achieved using these funds. Once received, FFLA staff will review and summarize the information and data provided, including the detailed metrics and performance outcomes required by Florida’s Supreme Court. This will also allow us to better assess the impact of the amended rule.

Recently, FFLA added Westlaw Precision with AI-Assisted Research to our statewide subscription that provides legal research tools to grantees at a fraction of the regular cost. Better technology tools provide clients with better value and service, and we are proud to make this available to our legal aid partners. Read more about this on page three.

If you or someone you know is looking for a job in legal aid, check out, which compiles and posts legal aid job openings across the state.

Finally, check out page seven for photos of our wonderful housewarming event in December.

View Winter 2024 newsletter.

FFLA President Murray B. Silverstein’s term began July 1. A partner in the newly-opened Tampa office of Stinson LLP, he practices in the areas of unfair competition, trade secrets, intellectual property and health care litigation. He earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Stetson University. Silverstein served for eight years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors and chaired The Florida Bar Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration Committee. He also led committees of the Florida Courts Technology Commission. He was honored with The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit in 2010 and The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2011. In 2006, he received the William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award.