Gold was presented with the association's most prestigious award, the David W. Dyer Professionalism Award. Established in 1997, it is awarded annually to the judge or lawyer whose conduct most closely reflects and honors the integrity, humility, compassion and professionalism of late Judge Dyer.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Deborah White-Labora was the recipient of the association's Outstanding Community Service Award at its 96th annual installation dinner Saturday night at the Mandarin Oriental.
Gold recused himself from a tumultuous prosecutorial misconduct case last week after federal prosecutors again questioned his impartiality in a pill mill case and planned to file a motion asking him to step down from the case.
Gold reprimanded the U.S. attorney's office in 2009 and ordered it to pay the $601,000 defense bill for acquitted Dr. Ali Shaygan after prosecutors secretly taped his attorney and investigator. The sanctions were overturned on appeal and remanded to district court.
The case was reassigned to Judge Kathleen Williams, who also dropped out. Next in line: Judge Jose Martinez.