GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law will be hosting a UF Alumni and Friends Reception for area attorneys this Tuesday in honor of Judge Stephan P. Mickle’s contributions to the community and the University of Florida. The reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Urban Flats Flatbread & Wine Co. in downtown Gainesville.
Over the years, Mickle has played a personal role in surmounting the racial divide in Florida and currently serves as the chief judge to the United States District Court for the Northern District. He has held the position for two years, and was originally nominated to the federal bench in 1998 by President Bill Clinton.
In 1965, Mickle became the first African-American to graduate from UF with a political science degree, and he was the second African-American to graduate from UF Law in 1970. In 1971 Mickle became the area’s first African-American private attorney. He went on to serve as a county court judge in 1979, and in 1993 he became an appellate judge in Florida’s state court system. In 1999, Mickle received the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; he was the first African-American to receive the honor.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to honor Judge Mickle’s exceptional contributions to his alma mater and our community,” said Whitney Untiedt, Gainesville region representative to the UF Law Alumni Council. “Judge Mickle’s rise to the chief judge position has been due to his character, integrity and intricate understanding of the law – and we are thrilled to be celebrating the course of his remarkable career.”
UF Law Dean Robert Jerry will be presenting Mickle with an award for his service at the reception.
The UF Law Alumni Council was founded in 1983 – and along with the Law Center Association Inc. Board of Trustees – serves as the primary support and advisory board for the law school. Both assist in raising private funds to cover expenses not met through state support, tuition or endowment income.
The reception is by invitation only, but media are welcome to cover the event.
For more information, contact Whitney Untiedt at 352-281-3120 or
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