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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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Browse List of Past Award Recipients



 2019 Award Winners 

L-R: Erin Itts, Charles Hines, Adria Jensen, Patrick McArdle, Nancy Cason, Ilyas Sayeg, Evelyn Moya, and Dana Keane, Chair, Awards Sub-Committee


On September 18, 2019 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.  


Ed Ford presented Neil Scott (who was unable to attend) with the C.L. McKaig Award in recognition of his efforts to restore the public's faith in the legal profession through his dedication of countless hours as an inventory attorney. Neil has served more than 300 hours to date in this often thankless and unrecognized role and his work continues. 


Erin Itts presented Charles Hines with the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of the youth of Venice through coaching, mentoring, and ensuring the financial stability of youth sports organizations in South County. Charles devotes many hours each week to coaching youth baseball even though hi own sons have aged out of playing and volunteers with the Venice High School Touchdown Club and Venice Vikings Football. 


Jim Toale presented Cenacle Legal Services with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of its devotion to providing pro bono legal services to the poor and vulnerable residents of South County without regard to race, creed, gender, language, ethnicity, disability, or immigration status.  Cenacle’s award was accepted by its Executive Director Evelyn Moya.


Nancy Cason presented Ilyas Sayeg and Keith DuBose (who was not in attendance) with the President’s Award for their service with the Council for Diversity & Inclusion. Patrick McArdle received a President’s Award for his service as Docket editor.  Erin Itts was recognized for her outstanding service as President of the Young Lawyers Division. Teresa Bowman, Andrew Conaboy, and Adria Jensen also received awards for their leadership as Section Chairs. 







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