Stetson University College of Law honors William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award winners

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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law presented this year’s William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award to Richard C. Milstein and William L. Penrose on May 11.

    • Milstein, a shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, focuses his practice on the private client services, including trusts, estates and guardianship litigation, and family and marital law. Milstein was recently appointed guardian ad litem to Anna Nicole Smith’s five-month-old baby Dannielynn, in the highly publicized case surrounding Smith’s burial.


  • Penrose ’66, a Florida Bar certified family law mediator and certified matrimonial arbitrator, has practiced in St. Petersburg for more than 40 years. A past guest lecturer at Stetson College of Law, Penrose was on the founding board of the Little Harlem Council and served on the board of Pinellas United Way. He has served on the legal panel of the Pinellas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1975.

Last year’s award honored the outstanding public service efforts of Louis N. Adcock, Jr. and Murray B. Silverstein.

The William Reece Smith Jr. Award, established in 1990, honors the award’s namesake and first recipient, William Reece Smith Jr., who is past president of the American, International and Florida Bar associations.