Equal Justice honorees celebrated by JALA

Jacksonville’s legal community was out in full force when Jacksonville Area Legal Aid hosted its 19th Annual Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Awards Celebration at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel Sept. 20.

During a VIP reception, the attorneys had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the evening’s keynote speaker, Piper Kerman, author of the memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning television series by Netflix.

The Honorable Melissa W. Nelson, state attorney, Fourth Judicial Court introduced this year’s Equal Justice Award honoree George E. “Buddy” Schulz, Jr., a partner at Holland & Knight.

Ramona Chaplin, 2018 president of the JALA board of directors, bestowed President’s Awards to Canan Law of St. Augustine and to Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow for Outstanding Philanthropy in 2017.

Also, during the award’s celebration, The Honorable Hugh A. Carithers of the Fourth Judicial Circuit recognized Outstanding Pro Bono Service Honorees Debbie Lee Clark, James Russell Collins, Lisa Anne DiFranza, John Wilson Humes, Jr., Douglas John Milne, Jeanine Beard Sasser, and Tania Romaine Schmidt-Alpers.


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