Mary Ellen Clark and Mary Jewel White win the
2016 Claude Pepper Award

Mary Ellen Clark Mary Ellen Clark is a Senior Assistant Attorney General, serving in the Administrative Law Bureau in the Tallahassee Office of Attorney General for the past 13 years, and represents multiple professional licensure boards as their general counsel.

She began her 21 years of public service as a prosecuting attorney for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and later worked for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, including tenure as a Hearing Officer within the Division of Motor Vehicles. An A-V rated lawyer and dedicated professional, Mary Ellen has volunteered her time to improve the legal profession as the Chair of the Government Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar, President of the Florida Government Bar Association, President of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and as a member of state and national committees related to accounting rules and professional ethics. She is the recipient of a 2012 Leader in the Law Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Finally, within her Tallahassee community, Mary Ellen has served the Board of the Friends of Maclay Gardens and the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program.

Mary Jewel White Mary Jewel White is the Pinellas County Chief Assistant County Attorney, and has climbed the ranks of that office for the entirety of her 20-year legal career. Through the exercise of her drafting and litigation skills, she has been an integral part of the ordinances, resolutions, development agreements, various contracts, and other instruments that have shaped Pinellas County. Mary Jewel’s commitment to the legal profession is further demonstrated by her service as President of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, President of the Clearwater Bar Association, Chair of the Council of Sections and the City, County and Local Government Section, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Bar Foundation. Mary Jewel is also Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law, and a graduate of Leadership Pinellas.