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Chief Judge Cohen recognized with the Claude Pepper and Curt Kiser awards

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Chief Judge Robert S. Cohen and Michelle SuskauerChief Judge Robert S. Cohen of the Division of Administrative Hearings is the recipient of the 2019 Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award.

The award recognizes Florida lawyers who have made exemplary contributions as practicing government lawyers. It is named after Claude Pepper, a Florida attorney, U.S. senator, and congressman, who was an advocate on behalf of the people, and who represented the highest ideals of government service through 12 presidential administrations.

The award was presented to Cohen by outgoing Bar President Michelle Suskauer at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton on behalf of the Government Lawyer Section.

“After more than 20 distinguished years in private practice, Bob dedicated his experience and skills to public service when he was appointed in 2003 as the director and chief judge of the Division of Administrative Hearings, which includes the Office of Judges of Compensation Claims,” Suskauer said. “Bob currently serves as chair-elect of the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary, is a past president of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, and is treasurer of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary.”

The Administrative Law Section also awarded Cohen its S. Curt Kiser Administrative Lawyer of the Year Award at the convention.

Aside from the Administrative Law Section, Cohen is also a member of the Workers’ Compensation, Government Lawyer, and Health Law sections of the Bar, and is a past recipient of the President’s Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial Circuit.