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Alice Nelson

May 7, 1943 — May 16, 2021

Alice Nelson

NELSON, Alice K. Nelson age 78 of Tampa died Sunday, May 16, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Nelson was born in New York City to Irving and Sonia Katz. She came to Tampa from Baltimore, MD over 50 years ago. Alice received her BA from City College of New York, furthered her education earning her MSW from the University of Georgia and eventually achieving her law degree from JD Stetson University of College of Law. Alice had an esteemed law practice much of which was dedicated to those most vulnerable and received numerous awards and accolades including being Executive Editor Law Review, American Constitution Society The George Seldon Public Interest Award 2019, COPAA The Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy on Behalf of Children with Disabilities 2021 and Fulbright Senior Scholar, Ankara University School of Law. She was a  past member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and currently was a dedicated member of Congregation Kol Ami and served on their ritual and renewal. She was preceded in death by her devoted brother, Joel Katz. Survivors include her beloved husband of 57 years, Carnot Nelson, loving sons and daughter-in-law, Seth Nelson and Jeremy & Michal Nelson and cherished grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua, Isaac and Kai. Funeral services were held with interment at Gan Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to:
1. Southern Legal Counsel
2. Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)
3. Florida's Children First
4. Congregation Kol Ami



Topic: Alice Nelson Graveside Service
Time: May 20, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Southern Legal Counsel, Inc. (Gainesville, FL 1988 - Present Senior Attorney (part-time) 2004 - Present Executive Director 1988 - 2004 (SLC is a non-profit public interest law firm that focuses on civil rights litigation in areas such as: disability rights, constitutional law (including First Amendment), special education, children’s rights, the rights of homeless persons, fair housing and preservation of affordable housing)( Fulbright Scholar, Ankara University School of Law, 2009/2010 Ankara, Turkey Academic Year Nova Southeastern University, College of Law 2008 Adjunct Professor - On-Line - Masters of Science in Education Law 2 University of Florida College of Law (Gainesville, FL) 1997 - 1998 Center for Governmental Responsibility (Presenter and Design Team Member) Joint Training Project in Environmental and Human Rights for Brazilian Attorneys and Non-Governmental Organizations Law Offices of Alice K. Nelson (Tampa, FL) 1980 - 1988 (Solo practitioner in general civil practice, specializing in representing civil rights plaintiffs, including public and private employees, students with special needs and others) United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Tampa, FL) 1979 -1980 Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Thomas A. Clark (dec) John F. Kennedy Institute (Baltimore, MD) 1979 - 1980 Intermediate Care Facilities/Mentally Retarded Surveyor Training Consultant (Part-Time) (Developmentally Disabled Grant of National Significance, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. (Tampa, FL) 1978 - 1979 Unit Head, Public Benefits Unit University of Maryland School of Law (Baltimore, MD) 1976 - 1978 Director of Social Work, Developmental Disabilities Law Project Developmentally Disabled Grant of Regional Significance, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Region II) University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) 1972 - 1973 Adjunct Instructor, Women’s Studies Program University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore, MD) 1970 - 1971 Instructor Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) 1967 - 1971 Clinical Social Worker PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates 1999 - Present Chair 2008/2010 Program Year Co- Chair, Amicus Committee 2005 -2008 Member, Amicus Committee 2003-Present Hillsborough County Law Library Board 1985 - 1991 Chair 1987 - 1988 3 Florida Association of Women Lawyers 1982 - Present Hillsborough County Chapter (founding member) The Florida Bar Equal Opportunity Law Section 2000 - Present Public Interest Law Section (Founding Member) 1989 - Present Commission on the Elderly 1990-1991 Chief Judge's Pro Bono Award Committee 1982-1986 Disability Law Committee 1978-1990 Chair 1983-1985 Federal Court Practice Committee 2008 - Present Project Directors Association of the Florida Bar Foundation grantees 1991-2004 Coordinator, Implementation Coordinating Committee 1999-2004 (Engaged in statewide planning for delivery of legal services) PUBLICATIONS Nelson, Class Actions, in Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys, (Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law 2006) ( actice-manual.html,) Nelson & Siegel, Corporal Punishment and Handicapped Children, 64 Fla. B.J. 43 (March 1990) Nelson, Hadeed & Bush, Special Education Rights, in Selected Topics on Florida Disability Law (The Florida Bar, Disability Law Committee 1987) Nelson, Schmidt & Miller, The Legal Needs of the Mentally and Developmentally Disabled Citizens of Florida (The Florida Bar 1982) Nelson & Burgdorf, Jr., Zoning and Housing, in The Legal Rights of Handicapped Persons: Cases, Materials and Text (Paul H. Brokes Pub. Co. 1979)

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