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Four awards honor Stetson graduates’ significant service

Scott Bruin awardStetson University College of Law presented its annual awards to graduates and friends of the college in conjunction with the Florida Bar Annual Convention June 24-27 in Boca Raton.

Scott Bruin B.A. ’75, pictured center with College of Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, and Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, was presented the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of significant, meritorious and continuing contributions that benefit the college. Bruin is the executive managing partner of CapTrust Financial Advisors in Tampa. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. A graduate of Stetson University, Scott is currently a member of the Stetson University Board of Trustees and the current president of the Stetson University Alumni Board of Directors. In his role as president, Scott has been a vocal and active leader in promoting the College of Law and has assisted the college in numerous ways.

The Honorable Anthony E. Porcelli  B.A. ’93, J.D. ’98 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, given to a graduate who is recognized as being outstanding in their chosen profession and who has brought honor to themselves and to the College of Law. Judge Porcelli graduated with both a bachelor’s and law degree from Stetson University. A former federal prosecutor, Porcelli was appointed in 2009 and currently serves as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Middle District of Florida. Judge Porcelli also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Law.

Jason P. Stearns B.A. ’05, J.D. ’08 received the Outstanding Alumni Representative Award, presented in recognition of dedication and service to the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association through local involvement and for encouraging other alumni involvement in local activities of the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association and the College of Law.

Since graduating with his law degree from Stetson seven years ago, Stearns has remained active with the college in a variety of ways. An associate with Phelps Dunbar LLP in Tampa, Stearns coaches Stetson’s award-winning advocacy teams and serves as a member of the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association. While at Stetson, Stearns was active as a member of both the Law Review and Moot Court.

Bernard J. McCabe Jr. B.A. ’69, J.D. ’72 received the Ben C. Willard Award, presented to an alumnus whose humanitarian achievements have brought distinction to themselves and to the College of Law and who has expended extra effort to prevail for the benefit of the citizens of Florida. McCabe has served as the state attorney for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit since 1992, and has brought great distinction to the College of Law. McCabe has been a long-time member of the College of Law’s Board of Overseers and also serves as an adjunct faculty member.

Greg Coleman B.B.A. ’85, J.D. ’89, president of the Florida Bar, presented the award for the 2015 Law Student Professionalism YouTube Contest Award to Stetson Law students Elizabeth Harbaugh, Patrick Iyampillai and Daniel Kavanaugh. Student Colby Connell, also part of the winning group, was not able to attend.

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