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Equal Justice Awards
September 20, 2018@5:30 pm-9:00 pm$300
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, will deliver the keynote address at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s 19th annual Equal Justice Awards Sept. 20 at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
JALA’s Equal Justice Awards includes the presentation of the Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Award, named for a former JALA board member and longtime supporter. It is bestowed on a person or organization who has notably promoted the cause of equal justice for low-income residents of Northeast Florida.
This year’s recipient is George E. “Buddy” Schulz Jr., a partner in Holland & Knight’s Jacksonville office.
Schulz, who has practiced law for 45 years, is the past chair of Holland & Knight’s litigation department and current chair of its Public and Charitable Service Department, which coordinates the firm’s pro bono and community initiatives that provide assistance to persons of limited means and organizations that help them. He is a recipient of The Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award and has served as a cabinet member of United Way; general counsel of PACE Center for Girls/Jacksonville; a director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.; a director of the Jacksonville Urban League; a member of the City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission; and a member of the City of Jacksonville Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Strategy Board. He also volunteers with the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Since 1999, JALA has hosted an annual celebration of altruism and generosity to recognize members of the community who work for social justice and further equality through pro bono work and monetary donations.
Tickets to the event and to a pre-event VIP reception with Kerman, as well as event sponsorships, can be purchased online at www.JaxLegalAid.org/EqualJusticeAwards. Cocktails and dinner are included, all donations will support the work of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.