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Alumni Recognized During ‘Dignity in Law’ Presentation

Published: September 23rd, 2002

Category: News

The Florida Bar recognized achievements of former UF football players — now practicing attorneys — during the Sept. 7 Gators vs. University of Miami game as part of its “Dignity in Law” campaign, a statewide effort to publicize the positive impact of the legal profession and good works of lawyers and judges. Florida Bar President Tod Aronovitz and Dean Jon Mills recognized during an on-field presentation eight of more than 50 former UF football players who went on to become lawyers, including: • David Bludworth (JD 64), Defensive Back • Bruce Culpepper (JD 66), 1962 Captain • Brad Culpepper (JD 01), Defensive Tackle • Broughton Lang (JD 91), Wide Receiver • Tony Leon (JD 92), Defensive Back • William Lewis Lee, Jr. (JD 70), Center • Wayne McCall (JD 72), Linebacker • Mathew Earl Morrall (JD 81), Center The Bar also showcased in a special gameday exhibit the UFLaw Center on Children and the Law and Gator TeamChild to demonstrate how the legal profession contributes to society. According to a recent American Bar Association survey, the profession is among the least reputed institutions in America, ranking only above the media in consumer confidence. “Distrust for lawyers and judges has reached such vast proportions that it is turning people away from the legal system, and that is a dangerous trend for all Floridians,” said Aronovitz, a leading trial lawyer and managing partner of the Miami-based firm Aronovitz Trial Lawyers. The Dignity in Law campaign is an unprecedented undertaking by The Florida Bar and its 70,000 members to improve their profession’s reputation. Its 2001 Member Opinion Survey shows the majority of Florida Bar members believe public education is the most important issue facing the profession. “While a handful of high profile cases and some television and movie portrayals have eroded confidence in the legal system, the reality is Florida has some of the best lawyers and judges in the nation, whose good work goes unnoticed,” said Aronovitz. “We are collecting their stories and bringing them to Floridians.”

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