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)

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

Click here for the 2023 Nomination Form.

Nominations for the Jerome Solkoff Advocacy Award are now open.  Third Party submissions (no self-nominations accepted) shall be received no later than September 1, 2023.  All nominations will be considered by the AFELA board at the September 2023 board meeting.  The honoree will be recognized at the December AFELA UnProgram.

Nomination forms will be accepted via email to Jennifer Dooley at