August 15, 2002 Regular News Lopez wins public service award Lopez wins public service award Stetson University College of Law recently recognized St. Petersburg attorney Karen Lopez with the 2002 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Public Service Award.As the first female president of the St. Petersburg Bar, Lopez played a major role in forming the Community Law Program, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney. Lopez also received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Sixth Circuit in 1992.Lopez works as a sole practitioner in personal injury law. She serves on the board of trustees for the Community Law Program and continues to be an active volunteer for the St. Petersburg Bar Association.“It amazes me that Karen will so freely give of her time to the Community Law Program while she meets the demands of her sole practitioner law practice and fulfills her family obligations,” said Community Law Program Executive Director Kelly Vaughn Rauch, who nominated Lopez for the award. “Her contributions really are extraordinary.”Stetson established the Smith Award in 1990 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in public service.