The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2016 Medal of Honor Awards until Feb. 1.
The Medal of Honor Award is given in two categories. The first category is for members of The Florida Bar, including practicing lawyers, judges or teachers in the legal field. The second category is for non-lawyers, including lawyers who are not currently practicing. All nominees must be Florida residents.
Nominees in the lawyer category must have a demonstrated dedication to the purpose of The Florida Bar, which strives to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.
The 2015 Medal of Honor Award in the lawyer category was presented to Jacksonville attorney and former First District Court of Appeal Judge William A. Van Nortwick Jr. for his decades in leadership of virtually every statewide organization and committee involving pro bono and legal services in Florida, for leading the One Campaign to promote pro bono work throughout the state, and for serving as a role model for other judges and lawyers, inspiring greater volunteer participation through his example.
Recent recipients of the award also include Robert C. Josefsberg of Miami, Hank Coxe, III, of Jacksonville, and former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
Nominees in the non-lawyer category must have made outstanding contributions to the improving the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of significant character and quality.
Past recipients of the Medal of Honor Award for a non-lawyer include Kathleen “Katie” Self of Sarasota for her pioneering work in the implementation of teen courts across Florida and the volunteering of her services in establishing the Teen Court of Sarasota; Elizabeth Lander “Budd” Bell of Tallahassee for over four decades of volunteer advocacy to improve the lives of Florida’s children, elderly and disabled; and Dr. Walter F. Lambert of Miami for his life’s work as a medical advocate for abused and neglected children, and for his significant volunteer work for South Florida children in foster care.
Nominations for The Florida Bar Foundation’s highest honor should describe the specific achievements that would qualify an individual for the Medal of Honor Award, and also should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee.
The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner during The Florida Bar Annual Convention June 16, 2016, at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. For more information, call The Florida Bar Foundation at (800) 541-2195, or (407) 960-7000.