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Annual Awards

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.


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 2018 Award Winners 


On September 20, 2018 the SCBA Awards Committee members had the privilege of helping recognize the men and women of our Bar Association and community who had set themselves apart for their work and achievement.  


Judge Stephen Walker presented James Dirmann with the C.L. McKaig Award in recognition of his efforts to help start the Family Law Pro Bono Initiative for Veterans, for which he has recruited dozens of attorneys from many areas of practice to provide legal services to those who have served our country and cannot afford legal representation.


Ed Ford presented Neil Lyons with the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication to helping the cause of the defenseless and oppressed through his countless hours of pro-bono legal services through Legal Aid of Manasota, providing representation to children and vulnerable persons needing guardianship services.


Roxanne Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her tireless promotion and advocacy of the legal profession in conjunction with assisting individuals to achieve their philanthropic goals, as well as assisting the SCBA with its charitable endeavors.


Chip Gaylor presented Jason Gaskill and Robert Lincoln with the President’s Award for their service in assisting the SCBA advance the use of technology within the SCBA Strategic Plan. Chief Judge Charles Williams and Charlie Ann Syprett received a President’s Award for the creation and production of WE ARE SARASOTA, and Daniel Tullidge was recognized for his service as Docket Editor. 





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