Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award


Americans for Immigrant Justice accept the 2019 Doyle Award from former Foundation president Kathleen McLeroy.

The Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award honors Paul C. Doyle, Founding Director of The Florida Bar Foundation’s (now FFLA) Legal Assistance for the Poor and Law Student Assistance Grant Programs (1991 to 2013) in recognition of his commitment to high-quality legal representation of Florida’s low-income children; for encouraging grantee programs to collaborate across geographic regions in order to bring the benefit of legal advocacy to low-income children regardless of their county of residence; for his strong and consistent support of Legal Assistance for the Poor and Law Student Assistance grantees; and for a career dedicated to promoting high-quality legal representation of the poor.

The award recognizes and encourages systemic legal advocacy on behalf of low-income children. The award is presented once every two years at our  Annual Award Ceremony during The Florida Bar Annual Convention.

2023Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid SocietyThe Foster Youth Disability Advocacy Project ensures that foster youth with developmental disabilities receive the government benefits to which they are entitled. Medicaid Home and Community Based Services benefits require a detailed application process and, in event of denial, a complicated appellate process before the benefits can be awarded.
2023Florida Health Justice Project (First Runner-up)The Medicaid Aging Out Project successfully challenged an unadopted rule that illegally narrowed the pool of medically fragile children eligible for automatic enrollment into a Medicaid Waiver program. Without automatic enrollment, these children were forced onto a waitlist of 55,000 people. The rule language was amended and corrective action was undertaken to implement the change.
2023Americans for Immigrant Justice (Second Runner-up)The Lucha Program protects survivors of violence and their children by helping them achieve full residency, reunification with family members, and the opportunity to integrate and contribute to the community in which they live.
2021CABA Pro Bono Legal ServicesImmigrant Children’s Program
2021First Runner-up: Florida State University College of LawHuman Exploitation and Trafficking Project (HELP)
2021Second Runner-up: Florida Legal ServicesEnding Juvenile Solitary Confinement in Florida
2019Americans for Immigrant JusticeReunification of children separated from parents at the border
2019First Runner-Up: FSU College of Law Public Interest Law Center Children’s Advocacy ClinicHuman Exploitation and Trafficking Project (HELP)
2019Second Runner-Up: University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth ClinicFlorida Supreme Court Amicus advocacy for immigrant children
2017Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and pro bono attorney Jamie Billotte MosesThe Child’s Best Hope Act: Adoption Intervention
2017First Runner-Up: Florida’s Children FirstImprove access to higher education for former foster youth
2017Second Runner-Up: Florida Legal Services and Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach CountyFlorida KidCare coverage for lawfully residing immigrant children
2015Florida’s Children FirstCounsel for Dependent Children with Special Needs Project
2015First Runner-up: Gulfcoast Legal ServicesChildren’s Immigration Legal Defense Project
2015Second Runner-Up: Florida’s Children First and Florida Legal ServicesMedicaid to Age 26 for Former Foster Youth Project
2013Florida Legal Services Inc., Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. and pro bono attorney Neil KodsiChildren’s Autism Treatment Project
2013First Runner-Up: Florida Legal ServicesDeinstitutionalizing Florida’s Children Project
2013Second Runner-Up: Americans for Immigrant JusticeChildren’s Legal Project