FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – November 18, 2020 – Adele Stone, shareholder and head of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been elected as chair of the Innocence Project of Florida Board of Directors, for a two-year term. The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF), located in Tallahassee, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives as well as reform the criminal justice system.
“I believe deeply in the Innocence Project of Florida’s mission and am honored to serve in the role of chair. To achieve exoneration and freedom for innocent people who have served 10, 20 and in some cases over 30 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit is an objective that we can all agree is of the highest priority in our society,” said Stone.
“Adele has been an important voice for the innocent and has consistently ensured that our Project has the support and resources to perform our vital work. My staff and I look forward to working more closely with Adele to increase our capacity, so we can return more innocent men and women to freedom from wrongful incarceration,” said Seth Miller, executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida.
Stone has served on the Board of IPF since 2016 and is the co-chair of the annual “Stand Up for Innocence” event held in Broward County to bring awareness and support for the Innocence Project’s mission.
In addition to her roles at IPF, Stone is a recognized leader in other Florida professional and community organizations, having previously served as president of The Florida Bar Foundation and a member of the Board of the Foundation for 11 years. She is also a founding member and past chairperson of the Executive Council of Legal Aid Services of Broward County/Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, president of Legal Aid Services of Broward County, was elected to the Florida Bar Board of Governors from the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit where she served as a governor from 2011 to 2013 and is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).