The first ever Justice Teaching Jurist of the Year and Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year were honored by the Bar Law Related Education Committee during the Judicial Luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Convention.
The recipients, Judge Karen K. Cole and Wayne Hogan of Jacksonville, received the awards on the basis that they were the Select Committee on Justice Teaching member and Justice Teaching volunteer “who most exemplified the spirit and purpose of Justice Teaching — that is, dedication to bringing civic education to the children of Florida.”
“Judge Cole and Mr. Hogan epitomize this award, as they are not only highly active Justice Teaching volunteers with their assigned schools, but also have made Justice Teaching presentations to local bar association meetings, on the radio, and on local television about its benefits to students, teachers, attorneys, and society in general,” according to the committee.
Judge Cole accepted her award in person, and also accepted on behalf of Hogan who was unable to attend. During her remarks, Judge Cole emphasized the importance of Justice Teaching as a conduit to build meaningful relationships between members of the legal profession and their local communities. She also described Justice Teaching as a “wonderful opportunity” for attorneys and judges to make a difference in the lives of Florida’s children.
Judge Cole said Justice Teaching not only benefits individual students, but has a more profound impact. By educating children about democracy and its fundamental tenets, Justice Teaching, and the thousands of volunteers who visit Florida schools during the year, strengthen and promote not only the interests of the state and nation, but also the institutions that support our democratic way of life, she said.
To learn more about becoming a Justice Teaching volunteer, visit www.justiceteaching.org.