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Annual Recognition Awards

Annual Recognition Awards

The Recognition Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to our organizations, community, and the clients we serve. The 2021 awards were presented during a series of online virtual events via Facebook Live.

Attorney of the Year

2021 Attorney of the Year Award: Lauren Alperstein, Esq.
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This award is presented to an attorney who has gone above and beyond to support our mission and those who we serve. Past recipients of the award include:

Charles L. Simon, Esq. (2002) | Joanne Fanizza, Esq. (2003) | Theodore Kaufman, Esq. (2004) | Richard Hussey, Esq. (2005) | Marian A. Lindquist, Esq. (2006) | Elias L. D’Souza, Esq. (2007) | Jorge E. Hurtado, Esq. (2008) | Robert Murphy, Esq. (2010) | Lawrence G. Marin, Esq. (2011) | Professor Michael Richmond (2012) | David Bazerman, Esq. (2013) | Jay Kim, Esq.(2014) | Michele K. Cummings, Esq. (2015) | Russell M. Thompson, Esq. (2016) | Chad T. Van Horn, Esq. (2017) | Dale Webner, Esq. (2018) | Annabella Barboza, Esq. (2019) | Edward O’Sheehan, Esq. (2020) | Lauren Alperstein, Esq. (2021)

Check back in January of 2022 for nomination information for the 2022 Recognition Awards.

Law Firm of the Year

2021 Law Firm of the Year Award: Van Horn Law Group
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The Law Firm of the Year Award is presented to a firm that has shown their overall commitment to the work that we do and the clients we serve. Past recipients of the Award include:

Gunster Yoakley (2002) | Billing, Cochran, Heath, Lyles and Mauro (2003) | Weis Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole and Boniske (2004) | Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. (2005) | Law Offices of Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A. (2006) | Shutts & Bowen LLP (2007) | Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, P.A. (2008) | Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC (2009) | Kelley/Uustal (2010) | Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, P.A. (2011) | Ward Kim Vaughan & Lerner LLP (2012) GrayRobinson, P.A. (2013) Holland & Knight (2014) Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC (2015) | Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos, & Lehrman, P.L. (2016) | Talenfeld Law (2017) Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman, PL (2018) | Shutts (2019) | Kelley Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law (2020) | Van Horn Law Group (2021)

Check back in January of 2022 for nomination information for the 2022 Recognition Awards.

Spirit of Justice Award

2021 Spirit of Justice Award: Ofer Shmucher, Esq. | Shera Anderson, Esq.
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The Spirit of Justice Award was created in 2014 to recognize those who embody the “spirit” of the work done by CCLA and LAS and to commemorate the 40th and 10th anniversaries of each respectively. Past recipients of the Award include:

Bernard R. Appleman, Esq. (2014) | Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association (2015) | Scott D. Owens, Esq. (2016) | Paul Regensdorf, Esq. (2017) | Kathleen Cannon (2018) | JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (2019) | Anthony Adelson, Esq. (2020) | Ofer Shmucher, Esq. & Shera Anderson, Esq. (2021)

Check back in January of 2022 for nomination information for the 2022 Recognition Awards.

Commitment to Justice Award

2021 Commitment to Justice Award: Theresa Edwards, Esq.
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The Commitment to Justice Award was established by Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in 2011. The award honors members of the community whose work reflects and embodies the mission of CCLA to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment. Past recipients of the Award include:

Elizabeth G. Daugherty, Esq.(2011) | The Honorable Ronald J. Rothschild (2012) | Lisa Goldberg, Esq.(2013) | Edith Schaffer Lederberg (2014) | Samuel S. Goren, Esq. (2015) | Stephen Ferrante, MSW (2016) | Steven Jaffe, Esq. (2017) | Joshua Levenson, Esq. (2018) | Somy Ali (2019) | Juliette Lippman, Esq. (2020) | Theresa Edwards, Esq. (2021)

Check back in January of 2022 for nomination information for the 2022 Recognition Awards.

Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award

2021 Russell E. Carlisle Award: Tony Karrat, Esq.
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Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award. The Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award is given annually to an advocate whose actions exemplify a personal and professional commitment to making justice available to the poor and disadvantaged. The Award was named after its first (1998) recipient, Mr. Carlisle himself. He is a lifelong champion of the rights of the poor and disadvantaged and was the first chairperson of the LAS Board of Directors in 1974. Past recipients of the Award include:

Bruce Rogow, Esq. (1999) | Don A. Wich, Jr., Esq. (2000) | Henry Latimer, Esq. (2001) | Sharon Bourassa, Esq. (2002) | Jerome Ira Solkoff, Esq. (2003) | Howard Talenfeld, Esq. (2004) | Nancy W. Gregoire, Esq. (2005) | Levi G. Williams, Esq. (2006) | Terrence Russell, Esq. (2007) | Andrea L. Moore, Esq. (2008) | Adele I. Stone, Esq. (2009) | Belinda Keiser (2010) | Walter Honaman, Esq. (2011) Roy Rogers (2012) The Honorable Arthur J. England, Jr. (2013) The Honorable Mel Grossman (2014) | Jane Curran (2015) | Stephen B. Moss, Esq. (2016) | Jesse H. Diner, Esq. (2017) | Robin Moselle, Esq. (2018) | Douglas Reynolds, Esq. (2019) | Chad Van Horn, Esq. (2020) | Tony Karrat, Esq. (2021)

Check back in January of 2022 for nomination information for the 2022 Recognition Awards.

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