GAINESVILLE, Fla.—United States District Judge Stephan P. Mickle (JD 70) will be honored by the University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Friday, March 28, in an event celebrating his 10 years on the federal bench.
There are no more seats available for the event, which will be held at the UF Hilton Hotel, but members of the media are invited. If you plan to attend, please contact the UF Levin College of Law Office of Communications at 352-273-0650 so accommodations can be made.
In 1998, Mickle became the first black federal judge of the Northern District of Florida following his nomination by President Bill Clinton and subsequent unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. It was just one in a long list of firsts for Mickle, who in September 1962 was one of the first black undergraduates to integrate UF. In April 1965, he was the first black to graduate from UF, and in March 1970, Mickle was only the second black to graduate from the UF College of Law.
Mickle was the first black to practice law in Alachua County in June 1972, and just over seven years later became the county’s first black county judge. He was the first black circuit judge appointed in the Eighth Judicial Circuit in October 1984, and was the first black from the circuit appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in January 1993. He was also the first black graduate to receive UF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, which was presented to Mickle at commencement exercises in May 1999.
Friday’s event begins with a wine-and-cheese reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with welcoming remarks by UF Law Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations; UF President Bernard Machen; UF Law Dean Robert Jerry, II; and Alachua County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut.
Other speakers at the event include UF Law Professors Kenneth Nunn and Sharon Rush; W. George Allen (JD 62), the first black to receive a degree from UF Law; UF law student Jonathan Blocker, president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA); and former Gainesville Mayor Aaron Green (JD 72), an attorney and longtime friend of Mickle who will introduce him at Friday’s event.
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