Selig Goldin Award

Selig Goldin

Selig I. Goldin

“As an attorney, Selig was always tops. Dedication and zeal were his trademarks. He accepted many cases and many clients others turned down, because he felt those cases had to be defended and he believed in the person and the cause.”

Those few words, spoken at Selig Goldin’s funeral by his brother, Philip, capture what members of the criminal defense bar knew of this young Gainesville lawyer who died of cancer before his time — that he was a man of great ability and great compassion. His career was cut short, yet he left his mark not only with those he defended, but with those judges before whom he practiced and those lawyers who were his adversaries in the courtroom and his friends when the trials were over.

To honor the memory of this young man, who none doubt would have reached the top of his profession, the Criminal Law Section each year distinguishes one member of The Florida Bar for displaying the talents and compassion possessed by Selig I. Goldin.

His path is not an easy one to follow. He graduated high school at 16, college at 20, and law school at 23. His list of honors is remarkable for one so young. By age 24, he was well-regarded within the Gainesville legal community as a man who would not turn down a case because the client could not afford to pay nor because the client’s cause was unpopular.

As a member of the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section, he displayed the same zeal and dedication to justice that was his trademark in the courtroom. He was, as many have said, a lawyer’s lawyer, a man who possessed the best attributes of the profession — competence, service, compassion.

Philip remembers: As Selig began working on his goals, he touched many lives. From judges and attorneys to moonshiners, from clergy to ex-convicts, from athletes and coaches to doctors and nurses, from architects to plain, simple folk, he touched their lives in his own special way. Selig accomplished his goals and always did it his way.

A plaque commemorating the Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award winners is located at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville.

2016 Recipient - Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels has been the Public Defender of the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida since 1990. She was the first woman elected to the office of Public Defender in the State. As Public Defender, she manages a staff of 110 full-time employees who handle criminal, juvenile, and mental health trials in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Liberty, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties, as well as criminal appeals from 32 north Florida counties. Ms. Daniels personally represents defendants in the Leon County Drug Court, handles other trial and appellate cases, and is responsible for the hiring and overall supervision of the 67 attorneys in the Public Defender’s office.

Ms. Daniels has served three terms as President of the Florida Public Defender Association, and has represented the FPDA in a variety of legislative issues over the past 20 years. From 2010-12, she served on The Florida Innocence Commission by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. She has also been a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Drug Court Steering Committee (2000-08), the Supreme Court’s Standard Jury Instructions Committee 1989-93); the Florida Bench/Bar Implementation Commission (1993-95); the Article V Task Force (1993-95), and the Governor’s Criminal Justice and Corrections Study Commission (1992-94).

Ms. Daniels graduated from the Florida State College of Law with honors in 1977. She worked as a legislative intern during law school, and then served as a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal. After working six years as an Assistant Public Defender, she was hired by Dean Talbot D’ Alemberte as a Criminal Clinical Professor at the FSU law school, supervising State Attorney, and Public Defender interns around the State prior to her election as Public Defender in 1990.

Ms. Daniels has been instrumental in the development of drug courts, juvenile diversion and civil citation programs in the Second Judicial Circuit. After her retirement as Public Defender at the end of 2016, she plans to continue lobbying and doing criminal justice projects in the area of criminal defense.

Previous Selig Goldin Award Winners

2015 – Honorable Charles D. Edelstein
2014 – Charles B. “Chuck” Morton Jr.
2013 – James T. (Jim) Miller
2012 – Robert C. Josefsberg
2011 – Henry M. Coxe, III
2010 – Barry E. Krischer
2009 – The Honorable O. H. Eaton, Jr.
2008 – Seymour Gelber
2007 – Albert J. Krieger
2006 – Neal R. Sonnett
2005 – Honorable Lou Frost
2004 – Honorable Susan R. Schaeffer
2003 – Professor Charles W. Ehrhardt
2002 – Honorable Bennett H. Brummer
2001 – Honorable Janet Reno
2000 – Professor William R. Eleazer
1999 – Honorable Ben F. Overton
1998 – Professor John F. Yetter
1997 – Honorable Stanley R. Morris
1996 – Robert E. Jagger
1995 – Professor Steven M. Goldstein
1994 – Professor Gerald T. Bennett
1993 – William J. Sheppard
1992 – Professor Paul Barnard
1991 – T. Edward Austin, Jr.
1990 – Honorable Marvin U. Mounts, Jr.
1989 – Honorable Edward D. Cowart
1988 – Honorable Gerald Kogan
1987 – Honorable James C. Adkins
1986 – Honorable Phillip A. Hubbart
1985 – Honorable Benjamin M. Tench
1984 – Honorable Richard E. Gerstein
1983 – Albert J. Datz
1982 – Tobias Simon