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FAWL Leaders in the Law are female attorneys who have made meaningful contributions in their communities through their legal service or volunteer activities. They have provided a positive role model for FAWL members.

The HAWL Trailblazer Award recognizes an established female attorney in the Tampa Bay area who has exhibited throughout her life and career a pioneering spirit, courageous leadership, outstanding contributions to the legal community, and who has refused to let her career and her contributions be limited or defined by the expectations of others.

These Trailblazers demonstrate a spirit of excellence that has lent credibility to the practice of law by women. They use their legal skills and knowledge to benefit those less able to protect themselves. HAWL upholds these award recipients as examples for others to follow.

HAWL’s Achievement Award is presented to persons who have demonstrated a commitment to the purpose, goals, and mission of HAWL and who has excelled in his or her career, overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women, promoted the status of women within the profession, and/or promoted the status of women in the State of Florida.

HAWL Professionalism Award is awarded to recognize a HAWL member who has exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and legal ethics over his/her career.

HAWL Pro Bono Award is awarded to a HAWL member for his/her selfless and inspirational donation of legal expertise to improve the lives of those assisted.

HAWL Outstanding Mentor Award is awarded to a HAWL member whose dedication to law students and commitment to excellence in legal education and mentoring have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of law students through HAWL’s mentoring program.

The Thomas E. Baynes Friend of HAWL Award recognizes a person or entity who has faithfully demonstrated a commitment to HAWL and the purpose, goals, and mission of HAWL.

FAWL Jurist of the Year Award was established in 2015.  The Jurist of the Year Award is an annual award that seeks to give recognition and acknowledgment to jurists, either State or Federal, who have consistently, fearlessly, and impartially promoted the rule of law respecting the equal rights of all who come before him or her.  The award should be viewed as recognition of a distinguished career on the bench, as well as contributions to the community and the practice of law.

FAWL Rosemary Barkett Award is awarded annually to a FAWL member who has

  • demonstrated a commitment to the purpose and goals of FAWL;
  • excelled to outstanding career achievement that charts new territory in our profession;
  • helped to overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women by breaking barriers, molding a new reality and a new way of thinking about themselves, others and their place in the universe or has promoted the status of women within the profession;
  • advanced the status of women in the State of Florida; and
  • is an active, dues-paid member of FAWL.

Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award: Established in 1981, The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make public service commitments and to raise public awareness of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees.The awards recognize pro bono service in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits (with two honorees this year from the 11th Circuit) as well as service by one Florida Bar member practicing outside the state of Florida.

Florida Bar Chief Justice’s Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award Presented by the chief justice, this award recognizes an active or retired federal judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public, whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, especially as it relates to the support of pro bono legal services.

Florida Bar Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award: Presented by the chief justice, this award is given for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services.

Florida Bar YLD Pro Bono Award: With more than 26,000 members, the Young Lawyers Division includes all lawyers in good standing under age 36 and all new Florida Bar members of any age for their first five years in practice. The award is given to the division member who best exemplifies the highest ideals of public service.

Florida Bar Center for Professionalism William Hoevelor Judicial Professionalism Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize an active judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant.

Florida Bar Center for Professionalism Law Faculty/Administrator Professionalism Award originated in 1999 with Commission member Matthew Comisky as the driving force behind the award. The Faculty/Administrator Award was unanimously supported by the Commission on Professionalism and the Board of Governors approved giving the award at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention.

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Woman of Promise/Distinction Award honors and celebrates local women, linking leaders of today with future women leaders we are developing through Girl Scouting. Our honorees are women whose professional accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams. They exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens through community service.

HCBA Outstanding Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has made a significant difference in the practice of law and the community because of the individual’s personal and professional ethics and conduct. Award criteria are:

  1. Has been in practice for more than 10 years and is older than 36 years of age;
  2. Has exhibited superior legal ability in his or her field of practice;
  3. Has demonstrated true professionalism and is respected for ethical practice;
  4. Is recognized by the general public and by the legal community for serving as a “mentor” or assisting others in the practice of law in his or her field of practice; and
  5. Has performed service to the community on a personal level and has been involved in the HCBA,  and remains an ongoing participant in bar-related activities.

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Award: Two awards are presented annually to recognize one attorney currently in private practice and one attorney currently in government practice. The awards were established to annually recognize individuals who consistently demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness, courtesy, and an abiding sense of responsibility to comply with the standards and rules of professionalism in the practice of law. To be eligible for nomination, a candidate must be a member of the Florida Bar practicing within the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for at least fifteen (15) years.

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