Harding to be honored by Historical Society


first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will conduct its 19th oral history program in Jacksonville February 20, honoring former Jacksonville resident Major B. Harding, who spent the last 11 years of a 34-year judicial career on the Florida Supreme Court before retiring in August.The Supreme Court will meet in ceremonial session February 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duval County Courthouse to recognize Harding for his many contributions during his career. Judges and lawyers from throughout the state will take part in the ceremony, which will chronicle Harding’s most significant court decisions and contributions to the Florida judiciary.Later in the day, festivities honoring Harding will shift to the Omni Jacksonville Hotel for a 5:30 reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner and roast, where some of the area’s best known jurists and attorneys will take turns firing verbal jabs at the affable Justice Harding.Invited guests include members of the Historical Society and the Jacksonville Bar Association, which is helping coordinate the event, as well as members of the judiciary, friends of the Hardings, and sponsoring law firms. Harding and his wife of 43 years, the former Jane Lewis of Jacksonville, reside in Tallahassee in retirement.The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society began its series of oral history programs, which are videotaped for posterity, in 1985 when Florida’s legendary senator and congressman, Claude Pepper, was honored. The society is a non-profit organization that works to preserve Florida’s judicial heritage and educate the public about the important role of the third branch of government.Harding’s judicial career began in 1968 when Gov. Claude Kirk appointed him a juvenile judge in Jacksonville. After he served for many years as circuit judge and chief judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit (comprising Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties), Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him to the state Supreme Court in 1991. He served as the Supreme Court’s chief justice from 1998-2000. Harding to be honored by Historical Society February 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Harding to be honored by Historical Societylast_img

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