The First Amendment Foundation is pleased to announce it will award George Gabel of Holland & Knight its 2014 Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award.
“George Gabel is always there to stand up in court on behalf of the Sunshine laws and the First Amendment. George has been our legal champion for many years, as we worked to pry open public meetings, liberate public records and ensure the court system is open to the public,” said The Florida Times-Union Editor Frank Denton in his nomination letter.
Gabel has been involved in First Amendment, media law, and open government issues throughout his career. His recent victory in Brown v. Denton ensured the public involvement in what had been a secret mediation. The Jacksonville City Council rejected the proposed pension plan that was negotiated during the mediation. The city then negotiated a new pension plan in public as required by law. Continue>>>