Congratulations are in order to Jacksonville lawyer Allison M. Stocker for winning a major legal award.



Stocker will receive The Florida Bar’s 2018 “Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award” during a ceremony later this month in the Supreme Court of Florida.

The award is given each year to a lawyer who is younger than 36 and has been in practice for no more than five years — yet has performed outstanding public service or legal aid that deserves recognition.

Stocker has certainly met that standard.

And more.

A lawyer in the Jacksonville office of Akerman LLP, Stocker did more than 500 hours of pro bono work helping legal efforts by the nonprofit Ability Housing to purchase and renovate an area apartment building to create permanent housing for disabled homeless veterans.

After the city blocked Ability Housing’s attempt to renovate the site — citing a zoning rule — the nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit that eventually ended with the city agreeing to a settlement that included paying $2 million in penalties, legal fees and a grant to support housing for area residents with disabilities.

A graduate of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, Stocker has previously won recognition from various organizations for her work in both business and commercial litigation.



Let’s applaud the University of North Florida for once again using a fun event to help reduce stress for students during Finals Week.

Recently, the university held its biannual “PAWS Your Stress” event, in which several dogs were brought to the campus’ Thomas G. Carpenter Library for studying students to hug and pet.

UNF began the cool event some four years ago to give students a nice way to decompress from their intense end of semester studying.

And let’s have some “Cheers” for the Jacksonville chapter of Canine Companions for Independence, which brought the dogs and their volunteer trainers to UNF for the event.