Jerome Solkoff Elder 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.


Scott Solkoff, Esq (2017)

Shannon Miller, Esq. (2018)

Ellen Cheek, Esq. (2019)

Twyla Sketchley, Esq. (2020)

Nancy Wright, Esq. (2021)

Leonard Mondschein, Esq. (2022)

Randy Bryan, Esq. (2023)

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.
Application Process

Nominations for the Jerome Solkoff Advocacy Award are now open.   All nominations will be considered by the AFELA board at the September 2024 board meeting.  The honoree will be recognized at the December AFELA UnProgram.  To submit your nomination, please click here.  The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, August 30.