June 23, 2024


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Scholarship honors memory of John Foley, Authorized Assist legal professional who served needy

John Foley, a longtime attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, died in February at the age of 60. A scholarship has been created in his honor

WEST PALM BEACH — In a lot more than two many years of practising law in Palm Beach County, John Foley fought for the rights of men and women with AIDS and HIV. He fought for victims of wage theft. He was a mentor to younger lawyers. 

Foley, an attorney with the Lawful Support Culture of Palm Seashore County, died Feb. 17 just after an 18-month battle with glioblastoma. He was 60. Colleagues and mates gathered for a memorial services past week, remembering Foley for his legal acumen and compassion in serving to customers.

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On Monday, the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County introduced the generation of a scholarship in Foley’s honor. The John A. Foley, Esq., Legal Scholarship will be awarded each year to a Florida authorized scholar who designs to observe community-interest legislation. 

Foley, who lived in West Palm Seaside, spent his vocation in general public-fascination regulation, delivering minimal-price lawful suggestions to dozens of the county’s nonprofits by means of Lawful Aid’s Nonprofit Lawful Assistance Undertaking, which he assisted to establish.

West Palm Beach: Attorneys John Foley and Bob Bertish with Legal Aid Society addressing  Palm Beach County Commissioners during a hearing on wage theft Tuesday in West Palm Beach in April 2012.

More than much more than two decades, he supplied in-dwelling counsel to more than 60 nonprofits throughout Florida, with an emphasis on labor and work, human methods, governance and corporate regulation. 

“John was an incredible legal professional,” Bob Bertisch, executive director of the Lawful Aid Modern society, said Monday. “He experienced excellent authorized skills. His compassion for his shoppers, his motivation to equal justice for all persons who lived in our neighborhood, was just inspiring.”

Foley was born in Hollywood, Calif., but raised in South Florida. He attended Miami Beach Significant College and the College of Miami, in which he acquired undergraduate and legislation degrees. To assist shell out for his faculty education, Foley worked as a phlebotomist at Mount Sinai Medical Middle, wherever he met his spouse, Suzanne.