Tampa, Fla. – December 3, 2014 – Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. The 27-member commission includes two Tampa Shareholders from Carlton Fields Jorden Burt: Kathleen S. McLeroy and Gwynne A. Young. Other members include leaders from all three branches of Florida government, The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, civil legal aid providers, the business community, and other stakeholders. Members of the commission will work in a coordinated effort to identify and remove economic barriers to civil justice.
According to a press release issued by The Florida Bar, “the commission is a result of recent efforts by Florida Bar President Gregory W. Coleman, in partnership with Labarga and Florida Bar Foundation leaders, to focus on addressing access to justice as a societal crisis that needs to be solved with concrete and creative changes in the system.”
The commission will study the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income Floridians. Its work will include a close look at improving existing legal programs, developing solutions based on new technology, and exploring other ways to meet the needs of Floridians caught in the current civil legal services gap.
The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will be a time-limited commission with the possibility to become permanent commission. According to the bar’s press release, “permanent access to justice commissions operate in 32 states and the District of Columbia …”
The website for the commission can be found at www.flaccesstojustice.org.
McLeroy serves in a number of roles both in the legal and business community. Currently she is a member of the Vision 2016 Commission and Co-Chairs the Pro Bono Legal Services Committee for The Florida Bar. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Bar Association, McLeroy serves on the ABA Business Law Section Council, Business Law Today Editorial Board, Membership Committee, and National Public Service Award Selection Committee. She is the Endowment Trustee and a past President of The Florida Bar Foundation, and she serves as Master of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court. Additionally, McLeroy was the recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award-Service Award for the 13th Circuit in 2005, and in 2009, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Pro Bono Award’s Advisory Committee.
At Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, McLeroy chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She has extensive experience representing creditors in disputes with debtors in all forums, including state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, as well as in arbitration proceedings. She also has experience representing mortgage holders, property owners, title insurers and real estate developers in real property disputes and mortgage foreclosures.
Young is a past president of The Florida Bar, where she was the fifth woman and the fifth Carlton Fields Jorden Burt lawyer to lead the nation’s third largest Bar. Her roles in the legal and business community are extensive and currently she serves as Trustee to The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Bar Presidents, Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Master Emeritus of the Cheatwood Inn of Court, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, member of the Board of Directors for the University of Florida Foundation, and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Florida Law Center Association. Additionally, Young was the recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award-Service Award for the 13th Circuit in 2003, and in 2013, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to chair the Pro Bono Award’s Advisory Committee.
At Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Young’s practice focuses on representing insurers in insurance coverage matters, real property litigation, probate and trust litigation, and other business disputes.
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