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The Tallahassee Bar Association raises over $10,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee at its 24th Annual Chili Cook-Off

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Tallahassee Bar Chili Cook-offThe Tallahassee Bar Association recently hosted its 24th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens’ Carriage House and raised over $10,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee.

Fourteen teams competed in five categories: Best Bedecked, Best Five Alarm, Most Unusual Chili, People’s Choice, and Most Magnificent Margarita.

The winners included:

• Best Bedecked: Department of Administrative Hearings.

• Best Five Alarm: Tallahassee Women Lawyers.

• Most Unusual Chili: The Government Bar Association, which used beaver meat in its chili.

• Most Magnificent Margarita: Legal Services of North Florida.

• People’s Choice: Pennington Law.

The teams this year included: Tallahassee Women Lawyers; Florida Government Bar Association; Berger Singerman; Cole, Scott & Kissane; IMS Business; Fasig Brooks; Ausley McMullen; Pennington Law; Big Bend Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida; Hopping, Green & Sams; Florida State College of Law Student Bar Association; Legal Services of North Florida; Division of Administrative Hearings; and Akbar Law Firm.

Judges for the competition included Magistrate Amanda Wall, State Attorney Jack Campbell, Sonya Walters from Luxe Catering, and Judge Stephen Everett. Jamie Van Pelt from ESP Media emceed the event.

The Tallahassee Bar Association also awarded its Lifetime Professionalism Award to Scott Manion, director of litigation at Legal Services of North Florida.

“It is wonderful to be recognized by my colleagues for doing something I genuinely enjoy,” says Manion, “I am humbled by the recognition from my peers and the Tallahassee Bar Association. I’ve been fortunate to work in legal services all these years and help so many people with their legal needs. Working with the judiciary, the Tallahassee Bar, my fellow lawyers, and especially my clients has been a pleasure and an honor.”

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