Chief Assistant State Attorney Heather Doyle

Heather Doyle receives 2019 Jim Slater Award for Professionalism

Chief Assistant State Attorney Heather Doyle with her family after receiving the award at the Manatee County Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day Luncheon on May 29, 2019.

This award is presented to the attorney who the judges of the 12th Circuit feel best personify the qualities of the late Jim Slater, who was a long time Chief Assistant Public Defender.  Those qualitied include civility, honesty and collegiality toward the bench and to opposing counsel.

Project 180 Strong Voices Luncheon, Panel

Project 180 Strong Voices Luncheon

At the April 2019 Project 180 Strong Voices Luncheon, Judge Erika Quartermaine, Judge David Denkin, Sr. Judge Andrew Owens along with Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight participated in a panel discussion on initiatives directed at preventing unnecessary incarcerations.

Gilbert King with Pulitzer Prize Award

Pulitzer Prize Author Gilbert King at 2019 Access to Justice Dinner

Author of Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, published by Riverhead Books in April, 2018.

His previous book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book was also runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction, and a finalist for both the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. Receives Seven Seals Award

Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. Receives Seven Seals Award

At the March 21, 2019, Pirates Spring Training Game, Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Jr., was presented with the Seven Seals Award. This award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) and is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the nation on a daily basis.  Congratulations, Judge Smith!

2019 the Young Lawyers Division Members with Greensboro Sit-In banner

Embracing our Differences 16th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit

On March 14th, 2019 the Young Lawyers Division in collaboration with the SCBA Diversity and Inclusion Council were led on a tour of the Embracing our Differences 16th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit . The Exhibition celebrates diversity by showcasing art chosen from over 11,791 submissions  representing 111 countries, 44 states and 239 schools.

Judge Walker and Students at Mock Trial

Mock Trial

A mock trial competition was held at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center on Saturday February the 16th

The following schools participated in the event: Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, Riverview High School, Booker High School, Southeast High School, Manatee School for the Arts, and new competitor, Invictus Home School Group

The Presiding Judges were: Judge Henderson, Judge Stephen Walker, Shem Dominko (Litgation Attorney), Judge Susan Maulucci, Judge Dana Moss, Judge Lee Haworth, Judge Mercurio, Judge Denkin, Judge Andrea McHugh

Congratulations to the winner Invictus Home School Group!