JEAN-PIERRE COY HONORED WITH G. KIRK HAAS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
A Southwest Florida lawyer who fought for clients in court and performed countless hours of Bar service while suffering a life-threatening illness, is the latest recipient of the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award.
Addressing the 2020 Annual Convention via video-taped message, President John Stewart named Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, founder of Jean-Pierre Coy, P.A., as the 2020 recipient.
“This Tampa lawyer, who also teaches classes at her alma mater — Stetson Law School — and who is a former assistant public defender, is the epitome of personal and professional courage and of dedicated service to the legal community,” Stewart said.
Stewart recounted how the 39-year-old breast cancer survivor, mother of a young toddler, and wife of a prosecutor soldiered through searing back pain to complete jury selection in a client’s federal drug trafficking conspiracy trial.
After court that day, Jean-Pierre Coy went to Moffitt Cancer Center for tests, only to learn the next day that her inflammatory breast cancer had spread to her bones, resulting in a spinal fracture, Stewart said.