Florida BarSarasota County Bar AssociationSarasota County Bar Rewards Service

October 15, 20090

THE SARASOTA COUNTY BAR honored two of its own and a layperson for their enduring service and commitment to the community and to the profession at its Annual Awards Ceremony. The C.L. McKaig Award was presented to Judge John M. Scheb for his years of service as military serviceman, city attorney, municipal judge, and appellate judge. Judge Scheb wrote several books on law and procedure and was a founder of the local American Inn of Court, which was subsequently named in his honor. Thomas D. Shults received the Distinguished Community Service Award for his outstanding and dedicated service to the Mental Health Community Centers. Mimi Goodwill, coordinator for scholarships at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, received the layperson Distinguished Service Award for her role in the establishment and administration of the SCBA Diversity Intern Scholarship Program. Through the Community Foundation, the SCBA has raised $35,000 since 2006 and has awarded seven scholarships to summer interns “whose diverse backgrounds have enriched the composition and vitality of the legal community.” SCBA Diversity Committee co-chairs, Judge David Denkin and E. Keith DuBose, recognized the law firms of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick. Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer; Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg; Maglio, Christopher, Toale & Pitts Law Firm; Finebloom & Haenel; and the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida for their commitment in employing and mentoring recipients of the Diversity Scholarship. Seated from the left are Diversity Scholarship supporters Walt Smith, David Haenel, Scott Westheimer, Tonya Pitts, and Tom Hopkins. Standing from the left are Immediate Past President Tom Fitzgibbons, President Sherri Johnson, and Judge Denkin.


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