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Bruce Jacob, SJD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Jacob has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the legal profession

A respected leader in the field, Dr. Jacob is most well-known for his work on [u]Gideon v. Wainwright[/u], 372 U.S. 335 (1963).

    SOUTH PASADENA, FL, April 30, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Bruce Jacob, SJD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Jacob celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Jacob has been dean emeritus and professor of the Stetson University College of Law since 1994. He served as a vice president, dean, and professor of the school from 1981 to 1994. Prior to these roles, he worked as a dean and professor of Mercer University Law School from 1978 to 1981, a professor, associate professor, and director of clinical programs with the Ohio State University College of Law from 1971 to 1978, and as a staff attorney with the Community Legal Assistance Office, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1970 to 1971. From 1969 to 1970, he was a research associate with the Harvard Law School Center for Criminal Justice, and he worked at the Emory University School of Law as an assistant and associate professor from 1965 to 1969. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jacob was an associate with Holland, Bevis & Smith (now Holland & Knight) from 1962 to 1964, and an assistant attorney general for the state of Florida from 1960 to 1962.

Dr. Jacob began his career as a student at Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1957. He went on to study law at Stetson University, where he completed a Juris Doctor degree in 1959. In 1965, he obtained a Master of Laws from Northwestern University, and he obtained a Doctor of Juridical Science from Harvard University in 1980. Later in his career, he earned a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida in 1995. He has been admitted to practice law in the states of Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio, and he is a member of Sigma Chi.

A respected leader in the field, Dr. Jacob is most well-known for his work on Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), and he was appointed by the Supreme Court as counsel for petitioner in Kaufman v. United States, 394 U.S. 217 (1969). He has also handled a number of appellate cases in federal courts and trial-level cases, and he represented Florida in 19 appeals before the Florida Supreme Court and the District Courts of Appeal of Florida. In addition, he has written extensively in his areas of expertise, including law review articles on criminal law and procedure, civil rights and liberties, administrative law of corrections, and the right to counsel, in such journals as the Iowa Law Review, the Stetson Law Review, the Kansas Law Review and the Harvard Civil-Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

A strong believer in helping his community, Dr. Jacob has been a part-time volunteer special assistant public defender for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida, he was a co-founder of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, and he established the Legal Assistance for Inmates Program at Emory University. He has spoken at numerous conferences, panels and symposia both nationally and internationally, and he was a member of the Constitution Project's Blue Ribbon Panel on indigent defense.

Throughout his career, Dr. Jacob has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements. Stetson University has given him two Stetson University Excellence in Teaching Awards, a Golden Apple Teaching Award, and a Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award. In addition, the school recognizes visiting assistant professors as Bruce R. Jacob Fellows, and established the Bruce R. Jacob Scholarship Fund in his honor, also earning distinction as a charter inductee into the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame. The ACLU has recognized him with the Gardner W. Beckett Jr. Civil Liberties Award, the George Edgecombe Bar Association has given him the Delano Stewart Award, and On Being a Black Lawyer gave him a Power 100 Award for his efforts at diversifying the legal profession. The Bruce R. Jacob Inn of Court was named in his honor by the American Inn of Court in Tampa in 2006. In 2016 it was renamed the Bruce R. Jacob-Chris W. Altenbernd Criminal Appellate American Inn of Court. Mr. Jacob was named a Constitutional Champion by the Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. in 2013, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave him the Champion of Indigent Defense Award that same year.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Bruce Jacob, SJD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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