Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

A Government Lawyer Section award, presented only when the section deems it appropriate, not necessarily annually, and no more than once each year. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Government Lawyer Section’s highest honor for long-term public servants.  Recipients typically served as public servants for 20 years or more, earned election or appointment to a senior level government position, and made extraordinary contributions to the public interest, resulting in lasting changes within the legal profession, their client organization, community, or area of expertise. The recipient is determined by a consensus of the Government Lawyer Section Executive Council.

Award Recipients:

2014 Bob Graham

2008 Peggy Quince

2005 Tom Tedcastle

2002 Bob Butterworth

1996 Janet Reno


The Distinguished Public Service Award

A Government Lawyer Section award, granted to qualified individuals at The Florida Bar midyear meeting each January. The Distinguished Public Service Award recognizes dedicated government lawyers typically with at least 5 years of public service whose recent contributions to the profession and the community deserve special recognition. At least one and no more than six lawyers shall be recognized annually with this award.  As with all other awards, evaluation criteria will include: government position attained, tenure, accomplishments and impact over time; recognition by fellow professionals, media, and the general public; and participation in other professional and community organizations and activities. All persons nominated for the Claude Pepper Award will automatically be considered for the Distinguished Public Service Award, although nominators may supplement the application. The Claude Pepper Award application and nominating committee will be utilized to determine recipients. The recipients are determined by a consensus of the Claude Pepper Award Nominating Committee appointed by the Chair of the Government Lawyer Section.

2014 Distinguished Service Award Winner

The Government Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar is pleased to recognize Mr. Doug MacLaughlin, a retiring government lawyer, and an accomplished environmental lawyer and litigator, as the recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Service Award. During his career of 37 years, for the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the South Florida Water Management District, Doug worked on a vast range of environmental regulatory programs, including dredge and fill permitting, surface and ground water pollution, wetland resource permitting, air pollution, domestic and industrial waste regulation, and solid and hazardous waste regulation. Quiet and thoughtful, respected and responsible, Doug held many supervisory positions, allowing him to mentor dozens of young environmental lawyers. His humble demeanor and lack of ego betrayed his vast knowledge, experience and expertise, yet also allowed him to earn the respect and friendship of colleagues and opposing counsel. Doug proved himself to be a true professional, and the legal profession and people of Florida are grateful for his many years of public service.

Past Distinguished Award Recipients:

Geri Atkinson-Hazelton, General Counsel
Norman A. Blessing, Deputy General Counsel
John D. Maher, Deputy General Counsel
Robert Whaley, Deputy General Counsel


Claude Pepper Award

A Florida Bar award, granted to one individual at The Florida Bar’s annual meeting each June.  The Claude Pepper Award is presented to government lawyers typically with at least 10 years of service, whose character and accomplishments exemplify the highest ideals of government service.  Recipients are well-rounded lawyers, whose importance to their agency or employer is irrefutable.  This award looks for more than just a single even if remarkable event, instead seeking out lawyers demonstrating annual contributions over time and commitment to public service and the public interest. The recipient is determined by a consensus of the President of The Florida Bar, the Chair of the Government Lawyer Section and the Chair of the Claude Pepper Award Committee of the Government Lawyer Section, as advised by the Claude Pepper Award Nominating Committee appointed by the Chair of the Government Lawyer Section.

Award Recipients:

2014- Charles (Chuck) M. Fahlbusch, Special Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Fort Lauderdale office of the Florida Attorney General

2013- Col. Joseph Bradshaw, Jr., Legal Director, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

2012- Michael J. Alderman, Deputy General Counsel, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tallahassee

2011- Stephanie Daniel, Special Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Tallahassee

2010-  John S. Slye, Deputy General Counsel with the Department of Children and Families

2009-  Gerald B. Curington, Deputy Counsel to Governor Charlie Crist, Tallahassee

2008-  Patricia R. Gleason, Director of Cabinet Affairs as a Special Counsel to the Office of Open Government, Tallahassee

2007-  Judson M. Chapman, General Counsel for Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tallahassee

2006-  W. Anthony Loe, Broward County State Attorney’s Office, Homicide Prosecutor

2005-  Jack Shreve, Senior General Counsel for Consumer Affairs in the Office of the Attorney General,Tallahassee

2004-  Sheryl Wood, General Counsel for the South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach

2003-  William B. Hammill, a Civilian Attorney-Advisor with the United States Central Command Stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, St. Petersburg

2002-  Denise M. Nieman, Office of the County Attorney, Palm Beach

2001-  Deborah K. Kearney, General Counsel Department of State, Tallahassee

2000-  George Lee Waas, Assistant Attorney General Department of Legal Affairs, Tallahassee

1999-  James A. Peters, Assistant Attorney General Department of Legal Affairs, Tallahassee

1998-  Jorge L. Fernandez, Office of the County Attorney, Sarasota

1997- George B. Barrs, Office of the Public Defender, West Palm Beach

1996-  Anthony C. Musto, Office of the Broward County Attorney, Ft. Lauderdale

1995-  Joseph Lewis, Jr., Assistant Attorney General Department of Legal Affairs, Tallahassee

1994-  Irene M. Quincey, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach

1993-  Enoch “Jon” Whitney, General Counsel for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Tallahassee

1992-  John J. Copelan, Jr., Broward County Attorney, Ft. Lauderdale

1991-  Chriss Walker, Senior Attorney, Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Child Support, Tallahassee

1990-  Navy Lt. Commander Charles Coles Jeffries, Jr.