December 6, 2023


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Scholarship honors memory of John Foley, Legal Aid attorney 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 much more than two decades of practicing law in Palm Beach front County, John Foley fought for the rights of folks with AIDS and HIV. He fought for victims of wage theft. He was a mentor to younger attorneys.

Foley, an attorney with the Lawful Support Society of Palm Seashore County, died Feb. 17 following an 18-thirty day period battle with glioblastoma. He was 60. Colleagues and friends gathered for a memorial services last 7 days, remembering Foley for his legal acumen and compassion in encouraging customers.

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On Monday, the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County announced the creation of a scholarship in Foley’s honor. The John A. Foley, Esq., Legal Scholarship will be awarded yearly to a Florida lawful scholar who designs to practice community-interest legislation.

Foley, who lived in West Palm Beach, spent his profession in public-fascination law, delivering low-cost authorized assistance to dozens of the county’s nonprofits via Authorized Aid’s Nonprofit Authorized Aid Undertaking, which he assisted to set up.

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.

Above extra than two many years, he delivered in-property counsel to additional than 60 nonprofits throughout Florida, with an emphasis on labor and employment, human means, governance and corporate regulation.

“John was an incredible lawyer,” Bob Bertisch, govt director of the Authorized Help Culture, explained Monday. “He had fantastic lawful abilities. His compassion for his clients, his determination to equivalent justice for all men and women who lived in our community, was just inspiring.”

Foley was born in Hollywood, Calif., but raised in South Florida. He attended Miami Beach Superior School and the College of Miami, in which he gained undergraduate and regulation levels. To support pay back for his higher education schooling, Foley worked as a phlebotomist at Mount Sinai Medical Heart, where by he met his spouse, Suzanne.