Each year, the Supreme Court of Florida and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups, and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.
The pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013. Nominations must be received by November 12.
Nomination forms are available at www.floridabar.org for these award categories:
* The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. Presented annually by the Chief Justice to an attorney to recognize extraordinary contributions in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. Named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, the award represents the Supreme Court’s highest recognition of a private lawyer for pro bono service. All current recipients of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards are considered for this award, as are direct nominees who have demonstrated exemplary pro bono service over the course of their careers.
* The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. This award is given to an outstanding attorney residing in each of the state’s 20 judicial circuits and to an outstanding attorney among the out-of-state Florida Bar members.
* The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. With more than 22,200 members, the Young Lawyers Division includes all lawyers in good standing under age 36 and all new Florida Bar members of any age for their first five years in practice. The award is given to the division member who best exemplifies the highest ideals of public service.
* The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation. This statewide award recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of pro bono legal services to individuals or groups that cannot otherwise afford the services. This award recognizes extraordinary commitment on the part of a law firm to provide access to the courts for all Floridians.
* The Chief Justice’s Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. Also presented by the Chief Justice, this award recognizes a voluntary bar association that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services on a pro bono basis to individuals or groups that cannot otherwise afford the services. This award also recognizes an extraordinary commitment to provide access to the courts for all Floridians.
* The Distinguished Judicial Service Award. Presented by the Chief Justice, this award is given for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services.
Nominees’ pro bono service contribution may be cumulative. Consideration is not limited to the events of the immediate past year.
For additional information, contact public information coordinator Dorohn A. Frazier at The Florida Bar, (850) 561-5764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.