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The James C. Adkins Award and the John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award Criteria

The Appellate Practice Section Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations
for the Appellate Practice Section James C. Adkins Award and the John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award.

Online nominations should be submitted no later than May 17, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

The Section's awards are traditionally presented at the Section's annual dessert reception. The dessert reception will be held on June 27, 2019, during The Florida Bar's Annual Meeting. Click here to see photos from previous receptions.

James C. Adkins Award

The James C. Adkins Award shall be presented to a member of The Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to the field of appellate practice in Florida. The selection of each year's recipient shall be made by a committee appointed by the chair of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. The committee shall accept nominations from any individual and may also nominate candidates on its own. Among the factors the committee shall consider in evaluating nominations are (1) the extent and nature of experience in the field of appellate practice, either as a practitioner, a member of the judiciary, or both; (2) service to the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar; (3) other service to The Florida Bar in matters relating to appellate practice; (4) other professional activities relating to the field of appellate practice; (5) publications relating to the field of appellate practice; and (6) any other factors that the committee deems appropriate. The committee shall give such weight to each of these factors as it deems appropriate.

Click here to fill out the online Adkins Award Nomination Form.


John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award

The John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award shall be presented to a member of The Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to pro bono efforts in appellate matters. The committee shall accept nominations from any individual and may also nominate candidates on its own. Among the factors the committee shall consider in evaluating nominations are (1) the extent and nature of the pro bono service; (2) leadership and initiative taken in pro bono efforts; (3) a demonstrated commitment to access to justice; and (4) any other factors that the committee deems appropriate.

Click here to fill out the online The John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award Nomination Form.


Online nominations should be submitted no later than May 17, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the Section's Bar administrator, Cheri Wright, at cwright@floridabar.org.


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