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Rundle receives G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Michelle SuskauerMiami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was chosen to receive the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for her meritorious service to the legal profession.

“Katherine is an innovator for ground‐breaking accomplishments including launching the first DNA-based case-review conviction integrity unit in 2003,” outgoing Bar President Michelle Suskauer said in presenting the award to Rundle at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. “She is recognized as a pioneer in the creation of numerous programs dealing with issues that affect our community daily such as teen truancy, domestic violence, gun violence, child support, human trafficking, and victim’s rights.

Rundle is a member of the Statewide Human Trafficking Council, the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council, and Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a national group formed to address the issue of gun violence in the United States. Rundle was appointed state attorney for Miami‐Dade County in 1993 and has been re‐elected seven times.

Named after Kirk Haas, a Miami lawyer until his untimely death in 1987, the award was established in 1998 by then-Bar President Edward Blumberg. The recipient 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 a concern for others.

Suskauer presented Rundle with a plaque that reads:

This award recognizes the unique human qualities that we all strive to attain but very few achieve. These include an abiding respect and caring for others, coupled with the ongoing demonstration of actual deeds of legal services with no reward beyond that of the deed itself. Katherine Fernandez Rundle is one of those rare individuals who possesses these special qualities and by this award, she is so honored.”