CLAUDE PEPPER AWARD
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, 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 GLS and the chair of the Claude Pepper Award Committee of the GLS.
2001 - Deborah K. Kearney
2000 - George Lee Waas
1999 - James A. Peters
1998 - Jorge L. Fernandez
1997 - George B. Barrs
1996 - Anthony C. Musto
1995 - Joseph Lewis, Jr.
1994 - Irene M. Quincey
993 - Enoch “Jon” Whitney
1992 - John J. Copelan, Jr.
1991 - Chriss Walker
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Government Lawyer Section’s highest honor for long-term public servants, and is presented only when the section deems it appropriate – not necessarily annually, and no more than once each year.
Tina Furlow received the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award.
DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
The Distinguished Public Service Award, presented at the midyear meeting each January, 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 may be recognized. 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 are automatically considered for the Distinguished Public Service Award, although nominators may supplement the application.
2007 - Geri Atkinson-Hazelton
2007 - Norman A. Blessing
2007 - John D. Maher
2007 - Robert Whaley
GLS LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
If provided for in the annual budget, the Awards Committee may, on an annual basis, award one scholarship to a student of an ABA-accredited law school with a demonstrated interest in government service in Florida and a stated need for financial assistance.