His three-year term begins July 1, 2007. Bander is a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation, and has served on the board of directors since 2003.
Bander received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia, and has lived in Florida since 1973. He is a former member of the U.S. Department of State, posted with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Paraguay. Bander is a past president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is a founding member of IMMLAW, the National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms. Bander is a past-president of American Jewish Committee (Miami), has chaired the immigration committee of the American Jewish Committee's Domestic Affairs Commission; serves on the board of the local chapter and is on the Northern Trust's Prologue Society Advisory Board. He has also been on the Governor's Commission on Affordable Housing and the City of Coral Gables Pension Board. He is the founder of Bander and Associates, a Miami immigration and naturalization law firm.
Bander has been very active on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation, and has served on the Budget and Finance Committee; the Continuing Campaigns-Development Committee; the IOTA Grant Program Committee; and the Legal Assistance for the Poor/Law Student Assistance Grant Committee.
Bander has a long history of service to the philanthropic community in the Greater Miami area, particularly with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, and the Miami-Dade Women’s Network. In his application to the Foundation, Bander said, “I have become familiar with the workings of foundations and the numerous agencies and major players encountered in this area. I would like to continue applying the knowledge I have thus gained to furthering the Foundation’s mission.”
The Florida Bar Foundation (flabarfndn.org) is a statewide charitable organization established in 1956 to foster law-related public service programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession. The Foundation is the only statewide funder of civil legal services for the poor. Other Foundation programs include grants to improve the justice system, public service fellowships for law students, and loan repayment assistance for attorneys at its legal aid grantee organizations. Principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. Additional support for the Foundation comes from gifts by Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and from other individuals.