Randall C. Berg, Jr., retired at the end of 2018 after 40 years as the founding Executive Director of FJI. He is now President Emeritus.
In 1978, he was hired by leaders of the private bar to establish and direct the Florida Justice Institute. Since that time, Randy has been involved in numerous individual and major statewide class action lawsuits for injunctive relief and damages aimed at improving Florida’s prisons and jails, as well as numerous other large impact cases for the poor in the areas of housing discrimination, disabilities, and for violations of Floridians’ civil rights and civil liberties. He also established and directs the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He previously established and directed the Public Interest Law Bank (now known as “Put Something Back”) for the Dade County Bar Association. He was a consultant to the ABA and LSC to establish other pro bono programs nationwide.
Randy worked for years to develop our nation’s first interest on lawyers’ trust account (IOLTA) program in Florida, established and initially staffed the offices of The Florida Bar Foundation after IOLTA commenced operation, and then assisted nationwide in establishing IOLTA programs and defending the constitutionality of IOLTA as the Executive Director and founder of the National IOLTA Clearinghouse and later as Legal Counsel for the National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP). IOLTA has since been responsible for creating over $4 billion nationwide to primarily fund legal services for the poor.
Randy is past Chairman of the Corrections Committee of The Florida Bar, past President and Legal Panel Chair of the ACLU of Florida, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Randy wrote and continues to publish the Older Floridians Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Older Floridians. Among the honors Randy has received are Common Cause’s Public Service Achievement Award, the Human Rights Award from Amnesty International, the Stanley Milledge Award from the ACLU, and several awards for developing and defending IOLTA from The Florida Bar Foundation, the ABA and NAIP.
Randy is a former officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the George Mason University School of Law. Randall is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.