GAINESVILLE’S CARL SCHWAIT RECEIVES FLORIDA BAR’S G. KIRK HAAS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
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June 26, 2017
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Carl Schwait received The Florida Bar’s G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award at the Bar’s annual convention, held last week in Boca Raton.
Schwait, a lawyer who recently retired from active litigation, was a senior and managing partner for Dell Graham, P.A. in Gainesville. He has been on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors since 2005.
William J. Schifino, Jr., the outgoing president of the Bar, who presented the award, praised Schwait’s “unending commitment to the legal profession, our system of justice and the citizens of our state.” Schwait served on four Board of Governors committees this year: as chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics − a position he has held six times − and on the Executive Committee, the Communications Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.
Schwait also is a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and remains a leader in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Kirk Haas practiced law in Miami and was recognized for his humanity, legal ethics, skill and professionalism. The G. Kirk Haas award was established in 1998 by then-Bar President Edward R. Blumberg, to recognize a Florida Bar member for meritorious service to the legal profession.
The award recipient is selected by the president of The Florida Bar. The recipient then selects a Florida law school, and a scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who demonstrates an exceptionally high degree of integrity, ethics, professionalism and concern for others.