FSC alumnus, R. Fred Lewis, named Chief Justice-Elect of Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 23, 2006) — The Justices of the Florida Supreme Court have unanimously named R. Fred Lewis, a 1969 graduate of Florida Southern College, as Chief Justice-Elect of Florida. He will become the state’s 52nd Chief Justice since statehood at a ceremony tentatively scheduled for June 30.
A native of West Virginia, Lewis attended Florida Southern College on scholarship, where he excelled in academics, athletics and leadership. He was selected as the college’s Honor Walk Student in 1969, awarded annually to the outstanding senior student for scholastic and service achievements.
Justice Lewis graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and entered a long and successful career in private practice in Miami, specializing in civil trial and appellate litigation. Lewis provided counseling and pro bono services to families with children having impairments and to cancer patients seeking proper treatment for multiple conditions. His involvement in children’s issues, public health and education continued after his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court in December 1998 by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles. Lewis served on Florida’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children and is active in the Justice Teaching Institute, a program designed to enhance public education. Lewis’ public service has been recognized through numerous awards.
He and his wife, Judith, attended Florida Southern College together and were married in 1969. They have two children, Elle and Lindsay.
Photo of Lewis available upon request.
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