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2017 Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alum Award

This award recognizes a Florida State University law school graduate who is distinguished professionally and who has rendered outstanding service to the community as well as to our College of Law. Factors considered in selecting the winner include: professional distinction; good citizenship; and significant contributions benefiting the community, state and nation.

Manuel FarachManuel Farach ('86) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Manuel Farach is a member in the Fort Lauderdale office of McGlinchey Stafford. He focuses on real estate, business and appellate law. His experience includes counseling lenders and borrowers in complex transactions and complex commercial litigation. He also has provided counsel in corporate mergers and acquisitions, financial and debtor-creditor matters, landlord/tenant disputes, and construction and real estate development matters. Farach has been instrumental in connecting law students with The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section. For the past couple of years, he and other Business Law Section members have facilitated the attendance of our students at the section’s Annual Retreat in Naples, Florida. He will be teaching Real Estate Law in the fall. Farach is an emeritus member of the law school’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and has established the Farach Family Endowed Scholarship to support a Florida State Law student who has demonstrated a commitment to practicing real estate law. His daughter Paige is a current second- year law student.

Alumni Association Service Award

This award recognizes a Florida State University law school graduate who has rendered distinguished service to our College of Law over an extended period of time.

Jennifer R. Dixon
Jennifer R. Dixon ('04) of Orlando, Florida

Jennifer Dixon is a shareholder at Lowndes Drosdick Dostor Kantor & Reed. Her practice focuses on civil and administrative appeals and civil litigation in both state and federal courts, including complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and high net worth family and marital law. Dixon frequently works with real estate developers, hospitality and entertainment companies, sports organizations, outdoor advertising companies, lending institutions, educational institutions and small business owners in litigating and resolving business-related disputes. She has helped the law school in many ways, and is particularly supportive of the law school’s career development initiatives, organizing networking events for law students to meet alumni, participating in On-Campus Interviews, and serving as a J.D. Advisor for the Career Services and Professional Development Center. She is a past president of the law school’s Alumni Association. 

Class of '66 Award

This award recognizes a non-Florida State University College of Law graduate who has rendered distinguished service to our law school and to the community. Each recipient is inducted into the Class of 1966 to commemorate the year that the Florida State University College of Law opened its doors. 

John F. YetterJohn Yetter of Tallahassee, Florida

John Yetter graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law and received an LL.M. from Yale. He joined the FSU College of Law faculty in 1968 and has taught Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Florida Criminal Procedure, and Sports and the Law. He is the editor of Florida Civil Trial Guide. Yetter has received the Selig I. Goldin Award, the highest honor given by The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section. Although he retired from the full-time faculty a decade ago, Yetter has continued to teach one major course annually.