The Florida Bar Foundation has used a $20,000 donation from the Tampa Bay Lightning to help three Tampa-area legal aid lawyers pay down their law school loans.

After Judge Emiliano Jose “E.J.” Salcines was named a “Lightning Community Hero” in December, he donated a portion of his award to the Foundation. Lightning Community Hero awards are funded by the Vinik Family Foundation. The Florida Bar Foundation earmarked the donation for its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), which provides lawyers who work at qualified civil legal aid organizations loans up to $5,000 per year to pay off student loan school debts.

Rebecca Hendricks

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