May 19- Stetson University College of Law recognizes Mary Alice Jackson with Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award

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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law announces the recipient of the 2004 William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award, Sarasota attorney Mary Alice Jackson.

A member of the elder law practice of Boyer & Jackson P.A., Jackson, is chair of the Hospice of Southwest Florida Board of Directors, former chair of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar, and a member and leader of many service and professional organizations. She is also a cum laude graduate of the Stetson Law.

“In today’s legal world where business acumen is sometimes given more play than the tired phrase ‘professionalism,’ it’s particularly significant that awards are given which recognize public service,” Jackson said. “Stetson has been a wonderful leader in promoting public service among its student body within its curriculum and its extracurricular activities.”

Stetson established the William Reece Smith Jr. Award in 1990 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in public service. William Reece Smith, the award’s namesake and its first recipient, is the past president of the American, International and Florida bar associations.

“I’m grateful for, and stand in no little awe of, the example he has given to attorneys both as a member of the bar and of our society, and hope to live up to the ideals which this award represents,” Jackson said.

The College of Law presented the award at its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on May 14, which also recognized outstanding students and faculty.