Fighting for Justice in Florida

The Florida Justice Institute is a nonprofit public interest law firm that uses impact litigation and advocacy to improve the lives of Florida’s poor and disenfranchised residents, while focusing on criminal justice reform, homelessness & poverty, disability access, and other civil rights issues.

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Michael J. Langley Named New Executive Director

After an extensive search by the Board of Directors of Florida Justice Institute, we are pleased to welcome Michael J. Langley as our new Executive Director. He comes to us after having spent several years in the Phoenix, AZ community working on issues relating to social and criminal justice, racial equity and other issues. To read Michael’s bio, please click here. Also, as was announced in mid-May 2023, Dante Trevisani will now become FJI’s Director of Litigation, continuing to bring his litigation leadership to the organization. Dante’s bio can be found here.

Join the Randall C. Berg, Jr. Legacy Society

The Randall C. Berg, Jr. Legacy Society was created to honor the legacy of Randy Berg, who cofounded the Florida Justice Institute (FJI) in 1978 and served as its Executive Director for 41 years until his retirement in 2019. During that time, he was a mentor, friend, colleague, leader and confidante to the many lawyers, paralegals, law students, and clients who passed through FJl’s doors. He was a tireless advocate for poor and disenfranchised Floridians, and he passionately believed that everyone deserved justice- no matter who they were or what was in their background. Now more than ever, the work started by Randy needs to continue a s FJl works to fulfill his vision! Learn more about becoming a member by clicking here.

Our Work

After Trial, Federal Court Declares Remaining Fort Lauderdale Panhandling Ordinance Unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Roy K. Altman released his post-trial findings, concluding that the one Fort Lauderdale panhandling ordinance remaining in the case was unconstitutional, and enjoined the City from enforcing it. The ordinance prohibited pedestrians from exchanging anything by hand with motorists and aimed at stopping people from requesting donations along roadways. Judge Altman […]

Court Grants Preliminary Injunction, Stopping Enforcement of Columbia County Ordinances Prohibiting Requests for Donations on Public Property

In a resounding victory for all homeless advocates, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has granted FJI’s request and entered a preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of two Columbia County Ordinances that prohibited solicitation and loitering on all County property with a building on it. The Court found that the ordinances likely violated the First Amendment […]

FJI Sues Columbia County, Seeking to End Ordinances Prohibiting Requests for Donations on Public Property

FJI has filed a lawsuit against Columbia County challenging a pair of County Ordinances that prohibit solicitation and loitering on all County property with a building on it. The Ordinances have the effect of prohibiting solicitors from the Homeless Voice newsletter from distributing newspapers and requesting donations in front of the County Courthouse and Administration […]

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