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In 2005, the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation began hosting the Law & Liberty Dinner. Proceeds from this annual signature event have helped the Bar Foundation provide local legal-related charities with more than $350,000 in support and grants.

Past beneficiaries include: Bay Area Legal Services L. David Shear Children’s Law Center and the Judge Don Castor Community Law Center, Voices for Children Guardian ad Litem Program, The Spring of Tampa Bay’s After-Hours Personal Protection Injunction Program, and Connected by 25.

The Law & Liberty Dinner has featured prominent guest speakers, including Tim Russert, James Carville, Mary Matalin, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, Bob Woodward, Doris Kearns Goodwin, George Will, coach Mike Krzyzewski and Ben Stein.

In May 2016, more than 600 Tampa Bay area attorneys and business leaders attended the Law & Liberty Dinner.  The speakers were Mark Halperin and John Heilmann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and co-hosts of MSNBC's "With All Due Respect."

Planning is already well under way for the 2017 Law & Liberty Dinner, tentatively scheduled for May 2017.

For more information, contact Foundation Executive Director Darlene Kelly at (813) 221-7774 or

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