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November 15, 2012
Hoeveler, professionalism awards nominations still being accepted

The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is now accepting nominations for its William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award; its Professionalism Award for bar associations, judicial organizations, inns of court, or law school organizations aimed at enhancing professionalism among lawyers and law students; and its Law Faculty Professionalism Award.

The Hoeveler award is for “a judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant. Nominees should be judges who have communicated their pledge to the ideals of justice and diligence in inspiring others to the mission of professionalism,” according to the committee.

The purpose of the Professionalism Award is to find an organization that has an innovative program that can be implemented by other organizations to promote and encourage professionalism within the legal community. Entrees are judged on their quality, how easy they are to duplicate by another association, the number of lawyers participating or affected, the likelihood it will continue, and its success, among other factors.

The Faculty Award is intended to honor a single faculty member of one of Florida’s law schools who through teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession best supports or exemplifies the mission of the Standing Committee on Professionalism: “To promote the fundamental ideals and values of professionalism within the legal system and to instill those ideals of character, competence, civility, and commitment in all those persons serving and seeking to serve
therein.”

Nomination forms can be found on the Bar’s website.

Nominations for the William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award and the Professionalism Awards are due December 1. The deadline for nominations for the Law Faculty Professionalism Award is December 31.

Nominations for the awards may be mailed or emailed to Becky Blackburn, Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or rblackbu@flabar.org.

All questions regarding the awards may be directed to Jacina Parson, assistant director for the Center for Professionalism, email jparson@flabar.org, or by phone at (850) 561-5745, or the chair of the Awards Working Group, David Hallman, at dhallman@nassaucountyfl.com or (904) 548-4590.

Winners will receive their awards at the Bar’s Annual Convention next June in Boca Raton.

[Revised: 11-02-2013]