SLA Honors Alumni and Friends

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The Stetson Lawyers Association honored alumni and friends in Boca Raton on June 23 during the Florida Bar Annual Convention.

Fred R. Dudley JD ’68 received the Ben C. Willard Award for humanitarian achievements of distinction. A member of the College of Law Board of Overseers, Dudley is senior counsel with Holland & Knight and is a board certified construction lawyer. He served 16 years in the Florida Legislature, retiring from the Florida Senate in 1998, where he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge Simone Marstiller BBA ’88, JD ’96 received the Distinguished Alumna Award for extraordinary service to Stetson Law and to the legal profession. Judge Marstiller of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee has served the state of Florida in a variety of ways. Before becoming a judge, she was the state’s chief information officer and deputy attorney general as well as executive director for the Florida Elections Commission.

Scott J. Sternberg JD ’98 received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award for his generous contribution of time and gifts to the College of Law and alumni association. Sternberg owns a firm in Boca Raton that concentrates on workers’ compensation. He supports various projects at the College of Law and is an active member of the College of Law Board of Overseers.

Judge Gail A. Adams JD ’80 and Donald A. Pumphrey JD ’96 both received Outstanding Alumni Representative Awards for dedication and service to the Stetson Lawyers Association. Judge Adams, a circuit court judge in Orange County, annually hosts the annual alumni gathering in her home. Pumphrey, a criminal defender and member of the Stetson Lawyers Association, also regularly hosts alumni events in his home and reaches out to alumni.

Thomas W. Carey, Connie Pruitt, and Arturo M. Rios and Myrna Rios each received Distinguished Service Awards for significant, meritorious and continuing contributions benefiting the College of Law. Carey, a partner in the Carey & Leisure law firm, represents plaintiffs in personal injury and complex tort cases. His law firm established an award for the top student in each first-year Torts class at Stetson. Pruitt, executive director of the Hillsborough Bar Association, supports Stetson Law student scholarships and many collaborations between the bar and Stetson. Arturo Rios, an immigration attorney in St. Petersburg, and his wife Myrna, manager of the Rios Law Firm, regularly host several Stetson events, including the annual moot court party, as well as alumni receptions in Puerto Rico.

Lori Y. Baggett JD ’02 received the Stetson Lawyers Association President’s Award for service and dedication as immediate past-president of the SLA. Baggett, who dedicated substantial time to helping to advance the SLA as president, received the presidential gavel from incoming SLA president Barbara Cowherd JD ’00. The dedication and stewardship of the Stetson Lawyers Association, with more than 8,000 members, helps make Stetson Law a national leader in academic excellence.