Lawyers gather to raise funds for legal aid

Local and state attorneys, firm staffers and JALA supporters gathered Sept. 19 – after rescheduling due to Hurricane Irma – to hear keynote speaker the Honorable Jorge Labarga, Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court, at the 18th Annual Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Awards Celebration, held at the Omni Hotel downtown.

The silent auction raised funds for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, while a cocktail reception provided opportunity for guests to mingle with honorees William Sheppard, a criminal defense, civil rights and appellate attorney with Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio, P.A., and Samuel S. Jacobson, a civil and family lawyer with Bledsoe, Jacobson, Schmidt, Wright & Sussman. The law firm of Pajcic & Pajcic was recognized for outstanding contributions to JALA, as this year’s backyard golf tournament raised $46,000. Awards handed out this year were handcrafted by Brian Frus, assistant professor of glass at Jacksonville University, and his students.

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