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Government Lawyers Section Bulletin February 2024 Edition

Message to the Members

One of the top priorities of the executive council this year is to ensure that we are serving our membership fully.  To that end, be on the lookout for more communication from the Section, beneficial CLEs, social and networking events and awards that highlight the valuable and consequential work of government lawyers.   We invite members to become more involved with the Section and encourage everyone to consider joining a committee.   We also welcome feedback as to how the Section can better serve you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thank you for all the hard work you do, for your commitment to serving the public and for being valued members of our government lawyer community.  It is truly an honor to serve as Chair-Elect, and I look forward to working with each of you this year. 

-John Bajger


Upcoming CLE: Navigating the Lobbying Labyrinth: Ethics for Lobbyists and Public Servants

Please mark your calendars for the next virtual CLE meeting, which will be held for FREE and in collaboration with Government Advocacy Committee and the Government Lawyer Section of the Florida Bar.


On Monday, February 12 at noon, Caroline Klancke, Executive Director of the Florida Ethics Institute, and Joy Stubbs, Chief Ethics Officer at DOR, will present on “Navigating the Lobbying Labyrinth: Ethics for Lobbyists and Public Servants.”

Meeting ID: 881 7705 5388

Passcode: 575664


Alternative Career Pathways in Government Service- Online Webinar

Program by Get Involved Subcommittee of The Florida Bar's Diversity & Inclusion Committee

This event is co-sponsored by the Government Lawyer Section

Thursday, February 29

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Course Content:

  • Opportunities for lateral agency moves and methods for advancement

  • How to navigate continued career development, networking, and education

  • Nontraditional and/or significant public roles in the Government: seeking mentorship, support and planning for immediate and long-term steps


2024 Claude Pepper Award

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award.  Nominations can be submitted through the Section’s website.  The Claude Pepper 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.  The Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar.  A Bryant Applegate, the recipient of the 2023 Claude Pepper Award, is pictured above.   Please consider nominating a worthy government lawyer for the 2024 Claude Pepper award today!   


Robert A. Butterworth Public Service Scholarship

Farah Ali, the 2023 inaugural winner of the Public Service scholarship

Spread the word! The Section is accepting applications for its 2024 Robert A. Butterworth Public Service Scholarship. The Public Service scholarship is open to rising third year law students who have a demonstrated interest in public service.  Applications may be submitted through the website as well.   Farah Ali, an exceptional third year law student at Florida State University and recipient of the 2023 inaugural Public Service scholarship, is pictured above.


Have news to share? Won a big case recently?  Changed positions?  Have an article idea that will be helpful to government lawyers?  If so, we want to hear about it.  We are accepting submissions for the next edition of the Voice.  For more information, submission guidelines or any other questions, please reach out to the Section’s Publications chair, Maria Pecoraro McCorkle at  

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