Duval County Judge Roberto A. Arias has won this year's prestigious Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award. Florida Coastal School of Law's Student Bar Association (SBA) will present the award to Arias on Thursday, February 7 from noon to 1:30p.m. at the River Club. Register here.
The SBA selects a recipient who "embodies professionalism and humanitarianism and integrity in the Jacksonville community. The award is given in the name of Ehrlich, a retired state Court Chief Justice, serviceman and well known civil trial lawyer who died in 2005. On the Supreme Court, Ehrlich was "known for his clear and definitive decisions," according to his obituary.
Past winners of the prestigious award include U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Tjoflat, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, and local attorneys Wayne Hogan and George A. "Buddy" Shulz. The award is in its sixth year.
County Judge Roberto A. Arias was sworn in to the bench in 1995. He graduated in 1977 from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and later earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from Ohio State. He has served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and has been in private practice, where his practice covered criminal and civil cases. He has diverse interests in his community which include the Hispanic American Business Association, Mentor-Justina Rd. Elementary, Hubbard House, and Lutheran Social Services. He is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, the Jacksonville Bar Association, and is a longtime adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. Arias and his wife Donna have two children, Mathew and Megan.