Former Miami-Dade Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer, a Miami Law alumnus, was honored with the 2012 Miami Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League at its 22nd annual luncheon, an event attended by more than 400 members of Miami's legal, corporate and political communities. Also honored was Stephen N. Zack, a member of Miami Law's Visiting Committee and a former President of the American Bar Association.
ADL representatives said they were proud to salute Zach and Brummer for their passion for excellence, high ethical and professional standards, dynamic leadership and social responsibility – the kind of values embodied in the award. The ADL, created in 1913 to "seek justice and fair treatment for all citizens alike," established the Jurisprudence Award to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community at large, while exemplifying the principles on which the ADL was founded.
Brummer, A.B.'62, J.D.'65, was the Miami-Dade Public Defender for 30 years, until his retirement in 2007. He is also a Law Alumni Association Achievement Award recipient. A statement from the ADL said Brummer has dedicated his life to public service, using his legal talent and leadership in service to the poor.
Zack was the first Hispanic-American to assume the ABA presidency. Zack was also the first Hispanic-American – and the youngest President – of the Florida Bar. He has spent much of his career promoting equal access to justice at home and the rule of law abroad.
The 2012 ADL Miami Jurisprudence Award Luncheon, held at the InterContinental Miami, was co-chaired by Alan T. Dimond, B.B.A.'65, of Greenberg Traurig, and Benedict P. Kuehne, A.B.'74, J.D.'77, of Benedict P. Kuehne, P.A.