Stetson University College of Law accepting nominations for William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award

Wm. Reece Smith Jr. at Stetson University College of Law
The late Wm. Reece Smith Jr. at Stetson University College of Law

Dec. 2, 2019 – Stetson University College of Law is currently accepting nominations for the prestigious William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to the legal profession and community.  This year’s award will be presented at the Annual Inns of Court Banquet in the Great Hall on February 5, 2020.

Nominations must be received by close of business on Monday, Dec. 17, 2019.  Completed nominations may be emailed to studentaffairs@law.stetson.edu.

Wm. Reece Smith Jr. served as a distinguished professorial lecturer at Stetson Law

The annual award is named in honor of legendary Florida lawyer William Reece Smith Jr. who served for decades as a distinguished professional lecturer at Stetson Law. Smith, who passed away in 2013, dedicated more than 60 years of service to the legal profession. He worked tirelessly to provide legal services to the poor. Smith founded and served as the first president of Florida Legal Services, served as a city attorney for Tampa, chair and trustee of numerous colleges and universities, interim president of the University of South Florida, and as board member of countless religious, charitable, civic and professional organizations.

Stetson established the William Reece Smith Jr. Award in 1990 to honor outstanding contributions to public service, the justice system and the community.