U.S. District Judge Mickle to be honored as he achieves senior status

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A reception honoring Stephan P. Mickle, the first black federal judge from the Northern District of Florida, will be held March 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in recognition of Mickle achieving senior status in the court. Mickle has served as a federal judge for the Northern District of Florida since 1999 and was chief judge from 2009 to 2011. The reception will be held at UF President Bernie Machen’s home, where a portrait of Mickle by artist Carl Hess II will be unveiled. 

The event is not open to the public, but media are welcome to attend. 

When looking back on Mickle’s long and successful career, a pattern quickly becomes clear – a pattern of firsts. Besides being the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1965, Mickle was the first African-American to establish a private law practice in Gainesville, the first African-American to become a county judge in Alachua County, the first African-American to become a circuit judge in the 8th Judicial Circuit, the first African-American from the 8th Judicial Circuit to be appointed to the Florida 1st District Court of Appeals, and the first African-American to become a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida.    

The ceremony will also feature remarks about Mickle and his career from distinguished guests including Chief United States District Judge of the Northern District of Florida Casey Rodgers, North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association President Gilbert A. Schaffnit, 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association President James H. (Mac) McCarty Jr. and UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. 

The reception is sponsored by the Federal Bench and Bar Fund for the Northern District of Florida, the North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

For additional information:
Stephanie Marchman, Assistant City Attorney
marchmansm@cityofgainesville.org

Published: March 15th, 2012

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