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Alum C. Alan Lawson Becomes Florida Supreme Court’s 86th Justice

Justice LawsonAlumnus C. Alan Lawson (’87) was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in December 2016, making him the state’s 86th justice. Justice Lawson’s investiture ceremony was held at the court on Wednesday, April 5. Surrounded by family, Justice Lawson was sworn in by FSU Law alum Judge Emerson Thompson (’73), a senior judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Justice Lawson and Judge Thompson previously served together on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Video of the investiture is available online. Florida State Law now has two alums sitting on the state’s highest court, which is more than any other law school.

Immediately prior to his appointment, Justice Lawson served as chief judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. He also previously served as a circuit judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, as an assistant county attorney for Orange County, Florida, as general counsel for Verses Wear, Inc., and was in private practice at Steel Hector & Davis. During his career, Justice Lawson has been very involved in legal professional organizations. He has chaired the Florida District Court of Appeal Budget Commission since 2013 and was legislative chair for the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges from 2011-2013.

FSU Law alumni, faculty members and deans attended the ceremony. During his remarks, Justice Lawson presented a special proclamation from the court to the College of Law’s Professor Emeritus Charles Ehrhardt, honoring him for 50 years of teaching at FSU Law. “His enthusiasm for the law, enthusiasm for teaching have never wavered,” Justice Lawson said.

Judge Emerson Thompson
Justice Lawson with Professor Ehrhardt