Jacksonville Area Legal Aid recognized First DCA Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., as the 2013 Equal Justice Award Recipient during the 15th Annual Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Awards Celebration.
The award honors an individual or organization that has done the most to promote the cause of equal justice for low-income persons.
Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Dees, who has been described as “his generation’s most valiant and effective soldier in the fight for civil rights,” has helped dismantle institutional racism in the South and shattered barriers to equality for women, children, and the disabled through the work of the SPLC.
Judge Van Nortwick began his law career in Jacksonville after receiving his J.D. from the University of Florida. He has served as president of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Board of Directors (1979-80) and has been recognized by the ABA (Pro Bono Publico Award, 1995) and Florida Bar (Pro Bono Award, 1992) for his work in advancing justice for the poor.
The annual Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Awards Celebration recognizes those who have advanced the mission of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid — providing justice for the poor and marginalized — through volunteer pro bono service, philanthropy, and an unwavering dedication to fairness and equality.