2005 Inductees

To permanently honor outstanding and notable alumni of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and their contributions to the state and University, the Law Center Association Board of Trustees established the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society. The Selection Committee determined the initial classes of inductees, barring exceptional circumstances, would be honored posthumously.

Class of 2005

Charles E. Bennet

The Hon. Charles E. Bennet

Class of 1934
United States Representative 1948-1993




Raymond Ehrlich

The Hon. Raymond Ehrlich

Class of 1942
Florida Supreme Court Justice 1981-91; Chief Justice 1988-90




Richard W. Ervin

The Hon. Richard W. Ervin, Jr.

Class of 1928
Florida Supreme Court Justice 1964-75; Chief Justice 1969-70




Chesterfield Smith

Chesterfield Smith

Class of 1948
American Bar Association President 1973-74; Florida Bar President 1964-65




Heritage of Leadership selection committee 2005-2007

  • Scott Hawkins ’83, Chair, West Palm Beach
  • Hon. Patricia Fawsett ’73, Vice-Chair, Orlando
  • E.L. Roy Hunt, Emeritus Faculty, Gainesville
  • Marybeth McDonald ’82, Orlando
  • Hon. Benjamin Overton ’52, Tallahassee
  • S. Austin Peele ’63, Lake City
  • Johnson “Buddy” Savary ’56, Sarasota
  • Betty “Grace” Taylor ’62, Faculty Emeritus, Gainesville
  • Frank Upchurch, III, ’74, St. Augustine