DO GOOD. BE SOMEBODY.
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial ClassroomFriends 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
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
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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