February 1, 2013, is the deadline for submission of nominees for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2013 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 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 2012 Medal of Honor in the lawyer category was presented to Jacksonville attorney Hank Coxe for his personal commitment to justice and providing legal services to the poor. Past recipients of the award also include Bruce B. Blackwell of Orlando, Joseph P. Milton of Jacksonville, and Sylvia H. Walbolt of Tampa.
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.
Past recipients of the nonlawyer award include Elizabeth Lander “Budd” Bell of Tallahassee, Dr. Walter F. Lambert of Miami, and Janet R. McAliley of Miami.
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, under: About Us — Awards and Recognition. Nominations should be sent to The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287, or emailed to
The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar Annual Convention on June 27, 2013, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton.
For more information, call The Florida Bar Foundation at (800) 541-2195, or (407) 843-0045.