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The City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar honors Stetson Law Professor J.J. Brown with highest award


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Gulfport, Fla. – The City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar presented James J. Brown, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, with its most prestigious award, the Ralph A. Marsicano Award, on May 12.

“It is a singular honor that as a law professor my past services to this Bar section have been considered worthy enough to cause my name to be added to those city and county honorees who are known as Florida’s finest attorneys,” said Brown.

The section presents the award to a lawyer who has made significant contributions to the development of local government law in Florida.

“It was a distinct honor to present this award on behalf of the section,” said Chip Rice, former chair of the section committee and a past Marsicano Award recipient. “Professor Brown, who has contributed to the local government practice and section at many levels, was selected from a group of superb local government lawyers by a committee composed primarily of distinguished past award-winners.”

Marsicano, the award’s namesake, was Tampa City Attorney for 28 years, general counsel for the Florida League of Cities for 30 years, and one of the principal authors of the local government provisions of the Florida Constitution.

Professor Brown was honored during the section annual meeting in Bonita Springs, Fla.

A former recipient of the section’s Paul S. Buchman Award, which recognizes outstanding legal contribution to the field at the municipal level, Professor Brown served 12 years on the section’s governing body, the Executive Council, as coordinator and overseer of the Local Government Law Symposium, published annually by the Stetson Law Review. Brown helped develop Symposium’s style and reputation as a nationally recognized and cited publication.

Professor Brown has been teaching law for 36 years, most of those years at Stetson Law in Gulfport, Fla.

The City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar serves as an organization and resource for lawyers who represent local government interests or practice in this field on behalf of private interests.