Law Alumni Association Honors Alums Bidwill and Talenfeld at Broward Judicial Reception


Howard Talenfeld and the Hon. Martin Bidwill

Two Miami Law graduates were honored by the Law Alumni Association recently at the annual Broward County Judicial Reception held in Fort Lauderdale. The Honorable Martin J. Bidwill, JD ’90, and Howard M. Talenfeld, JD ’79, each received the Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes alumni nationally who have excelled in their chosen profession and in service to Miami Law.

“The Association represents over 23,000 alumni around the world, and both honorees this year are excellent ambassadors for the school,” said Edward R. Shohat, JD ’72, President of the Law Alumni Association.

The Honorable Martin J. Bidwill is an Administrative Judge with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Division and was a former Associate Judge on the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  He has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1995-2005 and as Assistant State Attorney in the Broward County State Attorney’s Office from 1992-1995. He is the past president of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, the Federal Bar Association (Broward County Chapter), the National Football Foundation (Brian Piccolo Chapter), and the Bel-Air Civic Association. He also currently serves as chairperson of the Broward County Law Library Committee, the judicial liaison to the Broward County Bar Association, and as the Seventeenth Circuit representative on the Florida Supreme Court Select Committee for Justice Teaching.

Howard M. Talenfeld is a leading Florida foster care abuse attorney and founding president of Florida’s Children First, the state’s preeminent nonprofit that advocates for foster children and the developmentally disabled. A life-long advocate for children’s rights, Howard has spent much of his career defending the rights of and seeking damages for children and the developmentally disabled harmed in cases of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and denial of benefits. He has been recognized for his efforts with The Florida Bar’s “President’s Award of Merit” and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 17th Judicial Circuit. In May, Talenfeld will receive the Professional Excellence Award from the Daily Business Review, and was a past recipient of its Most Effective Lawyer award in the Pro Bono category. He also received Legal Aid’s Russell Carlisle Award for child advocacy law.

View photos from the reception.