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Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom

Friends and Admirers of Chesterfield Smith took part in a collective effort to honor this great man's legacy with the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom at the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law. This classroom is the law school's main location for conferences and workshops in the law school and has been designed to be a permanent site for Chesterfield Smith's legacy.

In opening the Dedication to the Chesterfield Smith Classroom on September 21, 2006, Dean Robert Jerry stated that , "students will get to know Chesterfield through the classroom exhibit that highlights his life's accomplishments, I have no doubt they will be inspired.  They will learn values and skills that will enable them to assume positions of leadership in our communities, state and nation and, as Chesterfield challenges all of us, learn to "do good."

Chesterfield Smith's good friend and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to Gainesville to deliver the Dedication key note address.  "I held the highest esteem and deepest affection the man whose name this classroom now bears," said Ginsburg, who called Smith a "way paver" in her remarks.

In her speech at the Dedication, Martha Barnett, Holland & Knight Chair of the law' firm's Director's Committee, told the packed classroom "He was a living legend and now thanks to all of you and to so many others who could not be here today we are part of something bigger than any one of us we have this vibrant, exciting and living place to continue his legacy and to continue to inspire those who walk through these doors to greatness."

Holland & Knight Managing Partner, Howell Melton Jr., noted that "at the University of Florida Chesterfield Smith received the broad and profound education in the law necessary to become a great lawyer," and added that Mr. Smith would loved "his" ceremonial classroom. 

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