Florida BarSuskauer bestows President’s Awards of Merit

July 2, 20190

At the Bar Annual Convention’s General Assembly, outgoing Bar President Michelle Suskauer presented the following President’s Awards of Merit:

Board of Governors member Wayne LaRue Smith of Key West: “This award recognizes Wayne’s dedication and service to The Florida Bar and Florida Lawyers Assistance and his devotion to the legal profession and the clients we serve. Wayne served as Disciplinary Procedures Committee chair and was elected to the Executive Committee. He is simply an amazing person who has impacted the lives of so many including being a foster parent to 33 children. Wayne shared his personal story, which was both inspiring and empowering, with our board as well as on video as part of the StigmaFree YLD project. He shared that same story through a video to help reduce the stigma of having a problem and seeking help.”

Board of Governors member Scott Westheimer of Sarasota: “Scott served two terms as chair of the Board of Governors Communications Committee and on the Executive Committee. This award is given in grateful recognition of his diligent efforts and many contributions to communicate to Florida Bar members. We have so many programs and services to enhance our members’ personal and professional lives, and Scott made sure that we promoted those in every way possible. Scott made himself available any time of the day or night to review power points, speeches, scripts, president’s pages, statements, and more to make sure we were communicating as effectively as we could to our members. Scott is a superstar on the board, passionate and cares deeply for our profession and our members.”


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