The SCBA recognizes on an annual basis members, judges, legal support specialists, and/or organizations that have devoted their time and resources above and beyond the expectations of the profession. A call for nominations by the Awards Committee begins in June, with the recipients selected by September 1. Awards are presented at the Installation Dinner. The categories are as follows:
Distinguished Community Service Award
This award recognizes extraordinary service to the community by a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association.
C.L. McKaig Award
This award recognizes extraordinary service to the Sarasota County Bar Association by one of its members in promoting the Association’s goals, programs or functions. It should be noted that Clarence Leslie (C.L.) McKaig (deceased 1992) was the first President of the Sarasota Bar Association in 1934 and was known to be a prominent community leader and to have courtly manners, honesty, grace, and competence in the practice of law that endured for 65 years in Sarasota.
Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes extraordinary service to the legal profession by a layperson or organization.
2016 Awards Winners
The Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA) recently honored two of its own members and a layperson(s) for their enduring service and commitment to the profession at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Installation Dinner on September 28, 2016. Peggy A. Quince, Florida Supreme Court Justice, was the keynote speaker.
Sarasota/Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators was presented the Distinguished Service Award for their commitment to creating an invaluable network and platform to enhance the quality of management in the Sarasota/Manatee legal community by educating legal administrators and staff as well as providing them the skills to tackle legal management issues, for its dedication to the future members of our legal community by developing internship programs with local colleges for legal credits and for its unwavering investment in our local community through its charitable contributions such as the National Association of Legal Administrators Community Connection Project, and its support and assistance of underprivileged families during the holiday season.
Attorney Andrew J. Britton received the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition of his service to the community through his many volunteer accomplishments which include helping to create the Venice High School Foundation which supplements programs offered for students and teachers; organizing the Rotary Futures College Resource Center which serves all of Sarasota County which helps students obtain assistance with planning post-secondary education and his continued dedication to service by continuing to volunteer as a current board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County, Inc. (Venice Board), Diamond Boosters, Inc supporting high school age youth baseball, Venice High School Advisory Council, and Venice Main street all of which have positively impacted the South Sarasota County community.
The C.L. McKaig Award was presented to Bonnie Lee Polk for her extraordinary service to the Sarasota County Bar Association by ensuring the future greatness of our judiciary through her work on the Judicial Nominating Commission, by instilling the importance of mentorship and professionalism as president of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and the countless hours of providing advice and counsel to new members of the Sarasota County Bar Association.