January 1, 2005 Regular News Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award presented to an active or retired judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, including, but not limited to, support of pro bono legal services.Those serving on the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the court’s pro bono awards include: Solomon Badger III, Rep. Holly Benson, Allison Bethel, Donna Graf, John Kozyak, Louis Kwall, MaryAnne Lukacs, Chair Miles McGrane, Kent Spuhler, Judge Emerson Thompson, Jr., and Catalina Maria Zuluaga-Avalos.The deadline for nominations is January 7. Nomination forms are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669.
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