ABOUT THE AWARD
Each year, Lakeland Bar Association presents a member of the 10th Judicial Circuit with the Jerry A DeVane Award at its Law Day Luncheon. This year, Lakeland Bar Association recognized its 25th recipient of the Jerry A. DeVane Award. The award reads “Lakeland Bar Association presents this award in recognition of his or her extraordinary scholarship, professionalism and collegiality in the practice of law.
Jerry was the consummate gentleman and the best of scholars. The phrase “a gentleman and a scholar ”has been trivialized into little more than a toast for the fellow who bought the last round. However, in the case of Jerry DeVane, “a gentleman and scholar” perfectly describes this good man and exemplary lawyer.
Jerry was a passionate student and advocate of the law. His appellate work and trial advocacy were well known to all local lawyers who practice real estate and probate law. Many lawyers, myself included, called Jerry for his insight when a thorny question of law or procedure needed two minds to be mastered.
Jerry A. DeVane
Buddy Clarke 1995-1996