Rhonda Peoples-Waters to Receive Inaugural Aikens Award

Rhonda Peoples-Waters

The Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation has announced the winner of the 2015 Chester A. Aikens Renaissance Award is attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters. The Renaissance Award is named for the late prominent city visionary and one of the law school’s charter students, Dr. Chester A. Aikens.

A selection committee, comprised of Dr. Aikens family and friends, community leaders, and Coastal Law alumni were tasked with the selection of an attorney whose high standard of service in their personal lives and careers mirrored those of Dr. Aikens.

Coastal Law Foundation Director, Elizabeth Bates says, “We were all shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Dr. Aikens two years ago. Known as a force for change and for his intellectual enthusiasm, Dr. Aikens also believed in the respectful and courteous treatment of all people. For these reasons, Coastal Law decided to dedicate a Renaissance Award and scholarship in his name. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of attorneys to this level of public service.”

All funds raised during the event will benefit our pro-bono clinics, a major legal resource in Jacksonville for the past 15 years. Recently, the Coastal Law’s clinics were recognized at the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge for number of pro bono hours donated in the Jacksonville area. This week Coastal Law President, Dennis Stone, attended recognition ceremony at the White House and key staff took part in a two day workshop.

The first Chester Aikens Renaissance Award recipient, Attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters, has this to say when she learned her selection for the inaugural award.
The Gala is open to the public and will be held on October 17th in The Atrium at Florida Coastal School of Law’s beautiful campus off Baymeadows Road. Tickets are available now by calling the marketing department at Coastal Law, at (904) 256-1144 and asking for Kalina.

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