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Labarga Becomes First Florida Chief Justice To Succeed Himself in More Than a Century

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TALLAHASSEE – In 2014 Jorge Labarga became the first person of Hispanic descent to lead Florida’s judicial system as its chief justice. On July 1 he will become the state’s first chief justice to succeed himself in that office since the end of the Civil War. The other members of the Florida Supreme Court chose […]

Mark your calendars for the UF Law Class of 2004 Reunion!

Welcome Reception & UF Law Tour Date: Friday, Friday, February 27, 2015 Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Location:  UF Law’s Advocacy Center at 309 Village Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611.   UF vs Tennessee Basketball Game Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015 Time: TBA at UF’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center Location: 250 Gale Lemerand Drive | Gainesville, FL 32611 Join […]

Beat the Bulldogs Alumni Reception

14th Annual Beat the Bulldogs Law Alumni Reception Join Dean George Dawson at our 14th Annual Beat the Bulldogs UF Law Alumni reception. Enjoy food, drinks and the chance to connect with your fellow Jacksonville alumni. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Jacksonville River Club (Florida Room, 35th Floor) Thank you to […]

Rebecca Bowles Hawkins

Return to Heritage of Leadership Rebecca Bowles Hawkins 1910-2000 Class of 1935 Became first female Assistant Attorney General in Florida in 1948 and headed office’s opinions division (1969-1976); full-time Research Assistant for Florida Supreme Court Justice B.K. Roberts; served as President of Florida (1954-1955) and National Association of Women Lawyers (1960-1961); named 1997 UF Alumnae […]

Gerald A. Williams

Return to Heritage of Leadership Gerald A. Williams 1950-2010 Class of 1975            Served as president of the UF Law Black Law Student Association and was among the first African-American graduates of UF Law; Served as Staff Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board before establishing Haygood & Williams, P.A. in West Palm Beach (1981); served […]

D. Burke Kibler III

Return to Heritage of Leadership “A life in war, the law and public service” At the end of a long career in law and public service, D. Burke Kibler III recalled an early assignment. “I looked around during one of the first days, and it dawned on me that the whole U.S. Army was behind […]

Warren M. Cason

Return to Heritage of Leadership “Taking responsibility on the farm, in business and building UF Law” It was 1933 and the father of 8-year-old Warren Cason had just died from the flu at the family’s Hillsborough County farm. Warren’s mother, Bertha, gathered him and four siblings together after the funeral. “Each one of you is […]

Raymer F. Maguire Jr.

Return to Heritage of Leadership (1921-2003) “Father of Valencia Community College” Raymer F. Maguire Jr. was a man devoted to his family, to his community and to his profession. A member of the pioneering Maguire family of Ocoee, Fla., Maguire Jr. was the son and namesake of Raymer F. Maguire (JD 15), a man influential […]

James J. Freeland

Return to Heritage of Leadership (1927-2000) “Always be aware of others, but compete only with yourself” James J. Freeland served the University of Florida College of Law as a professor for nearly 40 years. During that time, he cofounded the Graduate Tax Program at UF Law, now one of the top-ranked tax programs in the […]

George A. Smathers

Return to Heritage of Leadership (1913-2007) A Man for the Times Immediately following World War II America was a society in a state of evolution, forced by complex social and economic pressures to reinvent itself. Old institutions and political systems were pushed aside as servicemen returned from war, their youthful energy tempered by the hard […]