Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service selected State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle to receive the 10th annual William M. Hoeveler Award. The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal profession.
In the state attorney's honor, the law school hosted a reception and ceremony on Nov. 1 in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge.
Fernández Rundle has been the state attorney for Miami-Dade County since 1993. Before that, she spent 15 years as an assistant state attorney. She later served as chief assistant and acted as legal counsel to the Dade County grand jury, to which she presented hundreds of capital cases. Fernández Rundle also oversaw the birth of major reforms in areas such as juvenile justice and the revision of building codes after Hurricane Andrew. In addition, she helped to write and pass the Florida Punishment Code.
She is on record as wanting to share her time, influence and resources with her community. She is a founding member and vice president of Women of Tomorrow, a mentoring program that looks to inspire and motivate young at-risk high school women. Fernández Rundle is also active in important organizations such as the Children's Services Council, 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Amigos for Kids, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Habitat for Humanity.
Fernández Rundle has been recognized nationally by numerous organizations, and was recently elected to a three-year term on the Criminal Justice Council of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.
The Hoeveler Award was created in honor of the Honorable William M. Hoeveler, senior U.S. District Court judge, as a lifetime achievement award for a lawyer of outstanding ethics and public service. Previous recipients include Daniel S. Pearson, Walter H. Beckham Jr., Judge Rosemary Barkett, Janet Reno, Judge Peter Fay, Judge Mario Goderich, Judge Donald Graham and Judge Joseph Hatchett.