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Shannon Miller Wins Senior Advocacy Award

Jerome Solkoff Senior Advocacy Award

Jerome “Jerry” Solkoff was a lifelong advocate for the elderly and disabled.  He enjoyed a distinguished professional life spanning more than four decades.  Jerry received numerous honors for his advocacy on behalf of the elderly during his lifetime and amassed thousands of hours of pro bono services within his community.
The Jerome Solkoff Advocacy Award is an annual advocacy award presented by The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) to an AFELA member or member of an Elder Allied Organization in recognition of his or her advocacy and support of our state’s elderly and disabled citizens.

Criteria to consider when choosing the honoree:

  1. Detailed accomplishments or achievements on behalf of elderly or disabled;
  2. Demonstrated strategic thinking in organizing a legislative, agency or grassroots campaign;
  3. Actively participated and helped implement a legislative action, agency action or grass roots efforts affecting the elderly or disabled;
  4. Motivated others in their organizations to become involved in advocacy efforts;
  5. Initiated coalitions amongst other organizations to advocate on behalf of the elderly or disabled;
  6. Individually raised the visibility and, therefore, the influence on the practice of Elder law.
  7. Obtained measured success in advocacy efforts.

The award was presented to Shannon Miller on November 30 at the UnProgram, an advanced track conference limited to attorneys practicing in the area of Elder Law for 5+ years to discuss elder law hot topics and engage in mentorship activities.

The information above is provided by AFELA.

An Overview Of Shannon Miller’s Contribution To Elder Law:

Watch the video of the awards presentation by AFELA PresidentJill Burzynski here.

Shannon Miller is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney practicing in Gainesville, Florida and committed to senior advocacy. She has worked to individually raise the visibility and therefore the influence of the practice of elder law and has achieved measured success in advocacy efforts.

She is a drafting member of the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults work group led by Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo. Not only did she draft legislation passed in 2014 legislative session to create groundbreaking tools for prosecutors and civil practitioners to crack down on exploitation of older adults, but she also assisted in drafting the guardianship legislation further protecting seniors in 2015.

As part of the Elder Law Section, she created new legislation for injunction and freezing stolen assets under the leadership of Senator Passidomo and Representative Colleen Burton. She was instrumental in providing practical implementation of the new legislation in the community.

She has served as President of AFELA, Co-Chair of the legislative committee for the Elder Law Section, member of the Florida Joint Public Policy Task Force for elderly and disabled, is a founding member of the Senior Advocacy Network in NCFL, and was selected Elder law section member of the year in 2016 and 2017.

She is honored to receive the award and will continue to tirelessly advocate for aging and special needs adults.  If you need an Elder Law attorney, contact our office at 352.379.1900 or complete the form below and we will contact you.