Tampa, Fla. – October 18, 2016 – Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order re-establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice as a permanent commission. He re-appointed Carlton Fields Shareholders Kathleen S. McLeroy and Gwynne A. Young as members of the 23-person commission. Other members include judges and attorneys, educators, legal aid providers and corporate counsel. Labarga established the commission in 2014 and appointed McLeroy and Young to serve as members.
According to a press release from the Supreme Court of Florida, “Thousands of Floridians struggling to make ends meet, including many Floridians with moderate incomes, still face barriers when they seek meaningful access to civil justice. So the work to bring down those barriers must continue.”
The now-permanent Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will study the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income and moderate-income Floridians. The commission will examine the issue from all perspectives. It will consider staffed legal aid programs, resources designed to help people represent themselves, legal advice specifically limited to a single issue in a case as well pro bono services, technology solutions and other models and potential innovations.
McLeroy will serve a two-year term and chair its Resource Evaluation Committee. The committee will inventory existing federal, state and private funding opportunities that might be used to support parts of a continuum of services to give people access to the Florida civil justice system. It will also review and develop funding plans for projects endorsed by the commission. McLeroy will also serve on the commission’s Executive Committee. Young will serve a three-year term on the commission.
The website for the commission can be found at www.flaaccesstojustice.org
McLeroy is a member of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission and co-chairs the Bar’s Pro Bono Legal Services Committee. She is a past president of The Florida Bar Foundation. In addition, McLeroy serves on the ABA Business Law Today Editorial Board, and National Public Service Award Selection Committee, and chairs the board of the Florida Justice Technology Center.
Earlier this year, she was selected to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2016 Medal of Honor, its highest award, for “her ideas to increase IOTA revenue, efforts to preserve county funding for legal aid, leadership of organizations supporting pro bono at the national, state, and local levels, as well as more than 20 years of direct services to pro bono clients.”
At Carlton Fields, 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 attorney to lead the nation’s third-largest Bar. Her roles in the legal and business community are extensive. She serves as a Trustee to The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Florida Foundation and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Florida Law Center Association. Young received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Circuit in 2013.
At Carlton Fields, 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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