Commencement Speaker Named UF Distinguished Alumnus
Of the close to 300,000 graduates of the University of Florida, 265 have earned the distinction of being named Distinguished Alumni — celebrating their excellence and outstanding achievements. Of those 265, ninety are College of Law graduates — including Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Wells, who received that honor on December 15, at UF graduation ceremonies. Chief Justice Wells (left, with Dean Jon Mills) one week later was the commencement speaker for the law school’s fall graduating class. Wells received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UF in 1961, and his J.D. in 1964. While at UF, he was president of Florida Blue Key and named to the UF Hall of Fame. He entered private practice in Orlando and served one year as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Later, Wells formed Wells, Gattis, Hallowes and Carpenter, P.A., in Orlando, where he practiced until his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1994 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. He is chairman and Supreme Court liaison for the Florida Courts Technology Commission, and on the faculty for the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and Circuit Judges Education Conference.