Jacksonville lawyer Hank Coxe of The Bedell Firm was presented the 2011 Selig I. Goldin Award Friday.
Coxe, a former president of The Florida Bar and The Jacksonville Bar Association, was honored during the Criminal Law Section Selig I. Goldin Awards Luncheon and Trial Lawyers Section Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon.
The event took place at The Florida Bar’s annual convention in Kissimmee.
Each year since 1982, the Criminal Law Section recognizes one member of The Florida Bar for emulating the competence, service and compassion possessed by Selig I. Goldin, a Gainesville attorney who died in 1980 of cancer at the peak of his career.
Coxe is the fifth Jacksonville attorney to be presented the award, joining Albert Datz (1983), Ed Austin (1991), William Sheppard (1993) and Lou Frost (2005).
“This is a great personal honor because it comes from colleagues who are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law professors,” said Coxe.
“I know a great many people who have received this award and I don’t feel I belong in that group. What they have contributed is so much greater than what I have,” he said.
Coxe’s name will be added to a plaque commemorating the award winners at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville.
“It’s wonderful to see Hank honored. He defines leadership and has an innate ability to enlist support of people to accomplish the common good in our profession and the community. Nobody can do it like Hank,” said Holland & Knight Partner Buddy Schulz.