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Senator Arthenia Joyner Receives the Prestigious Perry Nichols Award

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Posted on September 17, 2013

Vanguard Attorneys is proud to announce that Senator Arthenia Joyner, who serves as of counsel to the Tampa personal injury law firm, is the 2013 recipient of the Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols Award. Senator Joyner will be recognized during a ceremony taking place at the Founder’s Luncheon during the Masters of Justice Seminar on September 19th at the Biltmore Coral Gables located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Perry Nichols Award is considered the Florida Justice Association’s most prestigious award and is presented annually to an attorney who is deeply committed to strengthening the civil justice system. The award was created in honor of Perry Nichols, an attorney who united Florida’s leading trial lawyers to create the Negligence and Compensation Lawyers of Florida, the predecessor to today’s Florida Justice Association. The Florida Justice Association is an organization committed to strengthening and preserving Florida’s civil justice system along with protecting the rights of the state’s citizens and consumers.

Senator Joyner has earned a reputation for being an ardent advocate for civil rights and a renowned champion for fairness and justice. Joyner was the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County and is the first African American woman leader of the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus. Her tireless efforts to improve international justice and human rights issues have earned her numerous awards throughout her career. Senator Joyner was recently named the 2012 recipient of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ (NBCSL) Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor, awarded annually by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, is given to those “whose work has distinguished them from their peers, and whose contributions continue to have a lasting effect on the African American community and nation.”

Arthenia also received the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from The Lawyers’ Committee in conjunction with the National Bar Association in recognition of her outstanding efforts and achievements concerning the issue of civil rights and equality. Additionally, The Florida Association of Counties named Joyner the 2013 “County Champion” for her commitment to the community, government issues and improving public policy.

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