Local attorneys receive award for professionalism

Local attorneys receive award for professionalism

PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – Two local lawyers were recognized for their professionalism on Thursday. Graham Clarke and Shalla Jefcoat received the Larry G. Smith Professionalism Award.

The award was launched in 2015 after the Honorable Larry G. Smith who served in our area as a local attorney, assistant prosecutor and judge.

Clarke is the 2020 award winner and Jefcoat is the 2021 recipient. The 14th Justice District was unable to hold the award ceremony last year due to the pandemic.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award today. I want to thank my parents for somehow helping me develop into who I am today. And also Mr. Basford who helped me by mentoring and training me in the job I am in today, ”said Jefcoat.

The two attorneys received the award at a ceremony held at the Bay County Courthouse. They were surrounded by their families and other local lawyers.