Thursday, December 03, 2015
RIP Shelby Highsmith
Senior United States District Judge Shelby Highsmith passed away yesterday. Judge Highsmith served in the United States Army from 1949-1955 before graduating from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law with an LL.B. in 1958. Judge Highsmith was in private practice in Missouri before relocating to Florida and entering private practice. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Highsmith served as chief legal advisor to the Governor's War on Crime Program, Florida, special counsel for the Florida Racing Commission, and served as a circuit judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit (Dade County) from 1970 to 1975. Judge Highsmith joined the federal bench in 1991 where he served with distinction until his retirement on December 31, 2008.
On a personal note, I was assigned to his courtroom as a young AFPD and learned a great deal from him. He had a big heart and took great interest in teaching the young lawyers before him how to practice law with dignity.