Saturday, February 24, 2007
Dedication Ceremony recap
Posted by David Markus
It was a gorgeous day for the ceremony dedicating the new courthouse in honor of Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.
The program included remarks from Chief Judge Zloch, Shenita Hunt, Rod Vereen, Larry Handfield, Tawnicia Ferguson Rowan, Kendrick Meek, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Aaron Podhurst, Francisco Angones, George Knox, Lurita Doan, Donald Graham, Rosemary Barkett, George Knox (who read a letter from Bill Clinton), Thomasina Williams, Betty Ferguson, H.T. Smith, John Kozyak, and Father Kenneth Major. Yes, it was a long ceremony...
I had the pleasure of trying one case in front of Judge Ferguson. He was a great judge, smart, and a true gentleman. The speakers did a very nice job remembering him.
For (unintended) comic relief, Edwin Fielder -- the Regional Administrator for GSA -- introduced the speakers. I'm not exaggerating if I say that he only got 50% of the names correct. He was a disaster. Other than that, every thing went pretty smoothly.
The courtrooms and chambers are beautiful. Let's see if we can use them by the end of the year. That's the current over-under. Any takers?