Judge Marcia Morales Howard honored with Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award
U.S. Middle District Judge Marcia Morales Howard of Jacksonville received the William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award, given annually by the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the Standing Committee on Professionalism.
The award recognizes an active judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant.
“Judge Howard demonstrates the ideals of professionalism and justice while inspiring others to do the same,” according to the Center for Professionalism. “Since 2003, she has been a committed member of the judiciary. Judge Howard is described as not only a brilliant jurist, but an amazing person who is deeply committed to public service.”
Upon becoming a judge in the Middle District of Florida, she was tasked with administering the oath of allegiance to new citizens of the United States in a naturalization ceremony. Historically, these ceremonies have not been publicized and are held once a month in a courtroom at the federal courthouse.
“Judge Howard, being the visionary that she is, set out to make these ceremonies more accessible to the public,” the Center of Professionalism noted. “This was not an easy task, but through hard work and perseverance, her vision became a reality on December 16, 2018, when she administered the naturalization oath of allegiance to 65 individuals from 38 different countries during halftime at a Jacksonville Jaguars home game. This inspiring moment was witnessed by 67,000 football fans who gave the new citizens a standing ovation.”