Two UF Law grads to be honored at annual Heritage of Leadership Ceremony Friday
By Richard Goldstein
Two distinguished graduates of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Warren M. Cason and D. Burke Kibler III, will be inducted posthumously into the Heritage of Leadership Society during a ceremony Friday.
Cason, once a partner with the Florida-based law firm Holland & Knight, and Kibler III, who served as the firm’s chairman from 1983 to 1995, will be inducted into the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180).
Cason and Kibler’s images and a few of their most significant accomplishments are etched into glass on the second floor of Holland Hall as a permanent tribute to their contributions to the nation, the state and the university. An electronic interactive display accompanies the glass etching.
The event will be sponsored by Holland & Knight.
Kibler, 1924-2009, served as second lieutenant during World War II in Europe where he was a forward artillery observer and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a tireless advocate of higher education and served as chairman of the Board of Regents, governing body for Florida’s university system.
Cason, 1924-2010, served during World War II in the Pacific Theater, was chairman of the Law Center Association Board of Trustees, director of the UF Athletic Association and president of the UF Foundation. He was a State Road Board member, Tampa city attorney, Hillsborough County attorney and senior partner with Holland & Knight.
Cason and Kibler join 27 others in the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society, representing illustrious personalities in the history of the University of Florida College of Law, since it was founded in 1909. Members are pre-eminent graduates and others who have been involved in the college in very significant ways. They assumed national leadership positions and distinguished themselves in legal, governmental, academic and corporate sectors. They labored to improve the administration of justice and received the highest commendations for contributions to the profession and service to education, civic, charitable and cultural causes.
Members of the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society are selected by the Heritage of Leadership Committee, which presents the slate for discussion and approval to the full membership of the University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc. Board of Trustees.