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Stetson Law re-dedicates Florin Roebig Courtroom


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Gulfport, Fla. - Stetson University College of Law re-dedicated the Florin-Roebig Courtroom on the Gulfport campus at 1401 61st St. S. at 1 p.m. on April 19. One of Stetson’s premier teaching courtrooms, the Florin Roebig was renamed in honor of the Palm Harbor trial and litigation firm that made extensive contributions to the recently renovated space.

“Wil Florin and Tommy Roebig have given a wonderful gift to Stetson College of Law that will be used to help educate law students with the latest courtroom technology well into the next decade,” said Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson.

At the re-dedication, law partners Wil Florin and Tommy Roebig honored Professor Robert Bickel, whose profound impact on their lives and careers inspired them to make the gift to the college.

“Professor Bob Bickel is a mentor, friend and colleague. It is inspiring to hear him talk about the rights of the disadvantaged. When you hear him talk about civil rights, you hear his passion and commitment,” Florin said.

The Florin Roebig firm funded an extensive facelift and technology upgrade for the courtroom in the summer of 2006, remodeling and adding flat-panel display screens in the gallery. Architect Canerday and Associates, builder Angle and Schmid and designer Beverlee Weismann used feedback from Stetson student and faculty focus groups to redesign the space.

In addition to the courtroom gift, the Florin Roebig law firm will continue to help underwrite a summer civil rights course taught by Professor Bickel that features a bus tour of major civil rights movement landmarks in the south.

“Students need to meet history if they are to understand civil rights,” Professor Bickel said.