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Pro Bono Service Awards in Florida

Each year, the Florida Supreme Court 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.

This year's ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. It is at the Florida Supreme Court, 500 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, and is open to the public.


2017 Pro Bono Awards

News releases for 2017 with profiles and photos

MARK OLIVE TO RECEIVE 2017 TOBIAS SIMON PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD

21 LAWYERS WILL RECEIVE FLORIDA BAR PRO BONO AWARDS IN SUPREME COURT CEREMONY JAN. 19

YOUNG LAWYER JENNIFER EDWARDS OF ST. PETERSBURG TO BE HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE

JUDGE VIRGINIA BAKER NORTON TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE AWARD

JUDGE LAUREL MYERSON ISICOFF TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED FEDERAL JUDICIAL SERVICE AWARD

IMMIGRATION LAW GROUP OF FLORIDA TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR PRO BONO WORK

JACKSONVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD


2017 program

The program for the Pro Bono Awards ceremony Jan. 19, 2017, at the Florida Supreme Court.

2017 Blue Book

Click here for a PDF of the 56-page booklet for the 2017 ceremony, containing profiles and lists of past winners.


Nomination process

Honorees for the annual pro bono awards can be nominated by legal aid groups, fellow lawyers or anyone else who knows of exceptional pro bono service provided by a lawyer, a judge, a voluntary bar or a law firm. For circuit awards, honorees are recommended by circuit committees and approved by The Florida Bar president. A committee of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar chooses the YLD honoree. The Chief Justice's Pro Bono Advisory Committee recommends the remaining honorees to the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, who makes the final decision.

Pro Bono Circuit Nominating Committee Chairs PDF document opens in new window

The 21 Circuit Nominating Committees for the 2017 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards consist of five to seven members each, selected by and including the circuit chair. Circuit chairs are members of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors and are appointed by the Bar president. Nominations may be submitted to the circuit chairs or to probonoawards@floridabar.org.

Nomination forms for 2017 and past recipients
(Note: The deadline for nominations has passed.)

Important instructions: You must download the nomination form before filling it out. You will need Adobe Reader to fill out the form (it is a free download at https://get.adobe.com/reader/). If you try to fill it out the form through a browser, you could lose your work.


The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window

    Presented annually by the chief justice to a lawyer to recognize extraordinary contributions in ensuring 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 prestigious award, as are direct nominees who have demonstrated exemplary pro bono service over the course of their careers.

    The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Past Recipients


The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window
The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window
    This statewide award, presented by the chief justice, recognizes a law firm that 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 Law Firm Commendation Past Recipients


The Chief Justice's Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window
    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 Chief Justice's Voluntary Bar Pro Bono Service Award Past Recipients

The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window
    With nearly 26,000 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.

    YLD Pro Bono Service Award Past Recipients


The Distinguished Judicial Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window

The Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window
    Presented by the chief justice, this award recognizes an active or retired federal judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public, whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, especially as it relates to the support of pro bono legal services.

    Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award Past Recipients

    For additional information, contact Mark Hohmeister, mhohmeister@floridabar.org, (850) 561-5764.




2016 Pro Bono Awards

[Revised: 01-11-2017]