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Awards & Scholarship Program


If provided for in the annual budget, the Awards Committee may, on an annual basis, award one scholarship to a rising third year law students of an ABA-accredited law school with a demonstrated interest in government service in Florida and a stated need for financial assistance.

The scholarship is open to rising third year law students. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in public service and have a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average at the time he or she submits the application. The overall academic achievement of each applicant will be a considered in awarding the scholarship. Applicants must also describe a need for the scholarship, though tax records and other financial documents are not required.  


To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must complete the scholarship application form with the following attachments:


  • Official law school transcript,

  • Resume,

  • 500-word personal essay that describes your commitment to and motivation for pursuing a career in public service.  

  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate’s public service background and aspirations, and

  • Legal writing sample.

Applications are due May 31.

Claude Pepper Portrait, cropped


The Florida Bar Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award is presented to government lawyers with at least 10 years of service whose character and accomplishments exemplify the highest ideals of government service. The award is named in honor of Claude Pepper, a Florida attorney, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Congressman who advocated on behalf of the people and represented the highest ideals of government service through 12 presidential administrations. Recipients are well-rounded lawyers, whose importance to their agency or employer is irrefutable. The nomination deadline is April 15.

Nominee must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing and currently a practicing government lawyer, who has provided legal services at least 10 years in full-time government employment. The nominee should exemplify the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism, and ethics in service to the public. The nominee should have made outstanding contributions in providing legal services for the public interest. (Elected officials or judges currently serving in that capacity are not eligible.)

Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham, holding a Lifetime Achievement Award that depicts an Eagle, stands with Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis.


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.

Past Recipients


The Distinguished Public Service Award, presented at the midyear meeting, recognizes dedicated government lawyers typically with at least five 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.  Evaluation criteria includes: 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.

Tina Furlow

Tina Furlow received the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award.

Past Recipients

2016 - Tina Furlow

Doug MacLaughlin

2007 - Geri Atkinson-Hazelton

2007 - Norman A. Blessing

2007 - John D. Maher

2007 - Robert Whaley

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