February 3 is the deadline for submission of nominees for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2014 Medal of Honor Awards.
The Medal of Honor Award is given in two categories: 1) a member of The Florida Bar (including practicing lawyers, judges, or teachers in the legal field); and 2) nonlawyer (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 2013 Medal of Honor in the lawyer category was presented to Miami attorney Robert C. Josefsberg for steadfast commitment to protecting the rights of disadvantaged individuals, children, victims, families, elderly, homeless, and other vulnerable groups.
Past recipients of the award also include Hank Coxe of Jacksonville, Bruce B. Blackwell of Orlando, and the late Joseph P. Milton of Jacksonville.
Nominees in the nonlawyer category must have made “outstanding contributions to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of significant character and quality.”
Nominations for The Florida Bar Foundation’s highest honor should describe the specific achievements that would qualify an individual for the Medal of Honor, and also should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee.
Nomination forms are available from the Foundation or can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website, www.floridabarfoundation.org, under About Us, Awards and Recognition. Nominations.
They should be sent to The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland 32751. Nominations also may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar Annual Convention on June 26 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando.
For more information, call The Florida Bar Foundation at 800-541-2195 or 407-960-7000.