Sept. 23, 2013 – Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga
Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center
Labarga will appear as the first lecturer in the Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law, a new program initiated by friends and colleagues of the late Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton. The lectures will be part of Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course but will also be open to the general public.
Topics will address issues including Supreme Court jurisdiction and reapportionment.
Overton died in December, 2012, while still serving as a UF Law professor. He was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1974 by former Gov. Reubin Askew. He retired after 25 years on the court, leading it to sweeping reforms and authoring more than 1,400 opinions. He served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978. He is a graduate of UF Law and served as St. Petersburg city attorney, pecial assistant attorney general, and was in private practice before becoming Pinellas County Circuit Judge, eventually rising to Chief Judge.