Southern names 67th Honorary Chancellor
Chesterfield Smith of Holland & Knight will be honored
(March 20, 2001) - Florida Southern College (FSC) has named Chesterfield
Smith as its 67th Honorary Chancellor. Smith will be
honored at convocation Friday morning as part of the college’s 116th
Founders Day festivities.
FSC has awarded
the title of Honorary Chancellor since 1934. Several nationally
recognized people have been among the recipients, including Walter
Cronkite, Bob Hope, Gerald Ford and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Local
honorees have included Jack M. Berry, Charles H. Jenkins Sr., J.
Lanier Upshaw and Beverly Wolff.
Smith is a founder
and principal architect of the law firm of Holland & Knight,
LLP, among the United States' largest law firms with offices throughout
Florida, and in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York City, Northern
Virginia, Providence, Boston and San Francisco.
legal career includes service in many bar organizations and public
offices. He has served as president of the American Bar Association
(1973-1974) and of The Florida Bar (1964-1965). Smith is a Fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy
of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He served on
Governor Lawton Chiles' Commission for Government by the People
in 1991 and as Chairman of the Civil Justice Advisory Commission
to the United States District Court for the Southern District of
Florida from 1991 to 1993. In 1965-1968, he chaired the Constitution
Revision Commission, which revised and redrafted the Florida Constitution
for the first time in over fifty years. By appointment of Chief
Justice Warren Burger, he served as a member of the Federal Commission
on Executive, Legislative and Judicial Salaries in 1976.
Smith was awarded
the American Bar Association Medal in 1981. He was the first recipient
of the Distinguished Floridian Award from the Florida State Chamber
of Commerce and has been designated as a Great Floridian by Florida
History Associates, which produced a biographical video highlighting
Tom Brokaw has included a full chapter on Chesterfield Smith in
his best-seller, The Greatest Generation. Other honors and
awards include the Arthur von Briesen Award from the National Legal
Aid and Defender Association, the Nelson Poynter Award given by
the American Civil Liberties Union, the Learned Hand Award given
by the American Jewish Committee, the Tree of Life Award given by
the Jewish National Fund, and the Florida Bar Foundation Medal of
In October 1999,
the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law presented Smith
with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his remarkable life's
work in advancing equal justice for all under law. In June 2000,
the Florida Chamber Foundation created the Chesterfield Smith Public
Policy Research Endowment in his honor.
his J.D., with honors, in 1948 from the University of Florida College
of Law. He has long been a Trustee of the University of Florida
Law Center Association, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient
of multiple honorary degrees and academic recognition by colleges
and universities throughout the United States.
About Florida Southern College
Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal arts college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college offers more
than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business administration
degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland, Fla., the college is
home to the largest, single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright
architecture in the world.