The Attorneys’ Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation recognized the accomplishments of Judge Peter R. Palermo, Judge Lester Langer, and Cesar L. Alvarez at its 27th Annual Judicial Reception.
Senior U.S. Magistrate Judge Palermo received the organization’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Langer, a circuit court judge, received the Community Service Award, and Alvarez, a veteran litigator and community activist, received the 2011 Honorable Theodore “Ted” Klein Special Recognition Award.
The judicial reception attracted hundreds of South Florida attorneys and judges.
Palermo was honored in recognition of the “exceptional example” he has set as a dedicated public servant. In 1971, Palermo was appointed as the first judge in the magistrate judge system, and he helped establish and guide the growth of the new system to the current 587 magistrate judges in 89 district courts throughout the United States. Palermo has served on the bench for 40 years and, at age 92, is one of the longest-serving judges in the U.S.
Prior to his service in the magistrate judge system, Palermo was partner at the Miami law firm of Palermo and Connelly for nearly 20 years. He previously was assistant state attorney for the State of Florida. Palmero earned his juris doctor degree from University of Miami School of Law, and later became the first mayor of the newly incorporated City of West Miami. After undergraduate and before law school, Palmero was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, where his commitment earned him a Bronze Star for valor and merited six Battle Stars.
Judge Lester Langer was recognized for his devotion to the community and “tireless work to bring positive attention to the court systems through leadership, scholarship, and public service.” Langer has been a circuit judge assigned to the juvenile division for the past 13 years. He has spoken out against domestic violence and has lectured on the topic at his alma mater, the University of Miami, School of Law, at the Dade County Police Academy, and before various social and service organizations. Langer was a civil lawyer for 21 years and was appointed by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles to serve as a Miami-Dade County court judge.
Alvarez was chosen to receive the Honorable Theodore “Ted” Klein Special Recognition Award in acknowledgment of his “unyielding commitment to community service, utilizing his mastery of the law and dedication to charitable initiatives to improve the community.”