S. Gerald Gorcyca Meritorious Service to Veterans Award



Sponsored by: Oakland County Bar Association's Veterans Committee

Established: 2016

S. Gerald Gorcyca (1932- 2015) was a well-known, well-liked, admired member of our legal community. An attorney in private practice, he was a life time member of the OCBA. He served as a model for professionalism, civility and community service. A founding member of the Veterans Committee of the OCBA, Gerry served in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. 

Purpose: The award is presented to a person or persons who demonstrate an outstanding commitment of service to active duty military personnel and military veterans in our community who need assistance. This person does not have to be an attorney or a member of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Awarded: Annually at the OCBA Annual Meeting


  • Takes an enthusiastic approach to volunteering for and implementing projects in support of our military veterans and active duty personnel.
  • Charitable or community activities outside the practice of law are a prime consideration.
  • A long-standing commitment of service over time to military veterans and active duty military personnel. 

How to Nominate: Nomination letter illustrating why nominee fits the criteria, submitted to the Veterans Committee and OCBA liaison.

Selection Process: Awardee selected from candidates by committee comprising the current Veterans Committee Chair and Vice Chair, OCBA Board liaison and one other committee member. 


Past Recipients

Barbara Grosso

Sandra Bower

Karl Rutledge Bennett Jr. (posthumously)

Michael D. Schloff

Garth Wootten

Judge Fred M. Mester (Ret.)