New Hall of Fame Members Inducted
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Stetson University College of Law inducted the newest members into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 23 in Gulfport. Stetson Law’s Hall of Fame now includes more than 50 members and six of this year’s inductees are graduates of the law school.
“All of these individuals have reached the pinnacle of their professions and have effected a profound positive influence on Stetson University College of Law,” said Stetson Law Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson.
This year’s inductees include:
Kay Eddy served as assistant to the dean, registrar and director of admissions for almost two decades after the College of Law moved to Gulfport. Students of the era described Eddy as a problem-solver who helped and assisted students. Prior to joining Stetson Law, Eddy owned and operated a business and secretarial college.
Harvey Firestone III ’59 began law school at Stetson in 1955 at the encouragement of his father, Harvey Firestone Jr., then-president and CEO of Firestone Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio. He graduated third in his class, overcoming the physical challenges of cerebral palsy. In 1960, Harvey Firestone III died tragically, falling from a hotel balcony where he was vacationing with friends. His father was a major benefactor of Stetson, transforming the campus with capital improvements including a new classroom, faculty offices, guest suite and a modern courtroom. Thirteen years after his son’s death, Firestone Jr. helped Stetson Law rebuild and expand its recreation facilities, with new tennis courts, a basketball court, workout area and a swimming pool.
Edward BA ’67, JD ’71 and Bonnie BA ’68 Foreman
Bonnie Brown and Edward Foreman met at a festival on Stetson University’s DeLand campus and married in October 1967. Their partnership continued through Edward’s law school and legal career, while Bonnie guided young people as a school teacher. Four decades of community contributions from the couple continued until Edward died in 2004. In May 2004, Bonnie Foreman created the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award, the most prestigious award given at Stetson Law’s graduation. The award honors the “best all-around student” for both passion for the legal profession and commitment to community service. Bonnie has served on the College of Law Board of Overseers and University Board of Trustees. Her philanthropic work includes academic scholarships and a new SPCA Adoption Center, which bears Edward Foreman’s name and honors his love of animals and wildlife.
Ruthann Robson has taught at the City University of New York School of Law since 1990 in the areas of constitutional law and sexuality and the law. She has made academic presentations throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Professor Robson has been called a pioneering legal theorist in the field of lesbian jurisprudence. She is also an award-winning novelist, accomplished poet, essayist, and dedicated mentor and teacher. In 2007, Robson was named a Distinguished Professor. Robson received her J.D. degree from Stetson and an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley. She clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge William Castagna of the Middle District of Florida and U.S. Circuit Judge Peter T. Fay of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jim Shore BA ’76, JD ’80
Jim Shore was born blind in one eye and lost his remaining vision in an automobile accident in 1970. He became the first person in the Seminole Tribe to graduate from law school. After finishing law school, Shore became the deputy counsel, and later became general counsel, of the 3,000-member Seminole Tribe of Florida. He helped form the Seminole Police Department and advocated in several land and water use challenges with state and local governments. Shore’s negotiations made the 2007 Seminole Tribe gaming agreement with the State of Florida possible. He negotiated the Tribe’s acquisition of the Hard Rock hotel, restaurant and casino operations with 168 venues in 52 countries. Shore also volunteers with a variety of non-profit civil organizations.
Gary Trombley ’73
Gary Trombley is the principal attorney of Trombley & Hanes, P.A., and has concentrated in federal and state criminal investigations, trials and complex civil litigation for the past 25 years. A highly awarded attorney, Trombley has been named among Florida Trend‘s Legal Elite and the Best Lawyers of America. While attending Stetson Law, Trombley was a member of the Stetson Law Review and Phi Delta Phi. From 1973 to 1977, he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, where he prosecuted complex criminal cases and received the Attorney General’s “Outstanding Performance in Trial Practice Award.” Active in community and educational organizations, Trombley served as president of the Stetson Lawyers Association and as a member of the College of Law’s Board of Overseers. He received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award for continuous support of the College of Law in 2004.
Dan Warren ’52
Dan Warren has served as a Daytona Beach municipal judge, justice of the peace and city commissioner. In the 1960s, he served as special counsel and state attorney working on the St. Augustine civil rights crisis. He chronicled the experience in the book, If It Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK, and State’s Rights in St. Augustine, 1964. Warren ordered the desegregation of St. Augustine public beaches and had members of the KKK arrested and prosecuted for violence. He met privately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to reach a peaceful settlement, and empanelled a grand jury to appoint a bi-racial committee to stop the violence. Since 1968, Warren has spent his legal career defending the constitutional rights of others, especially minorities.
Post date: Oct. 25, 2010
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