A distinguished graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, former Chairman Emeritus Mark Hulsey will be inducted posthumously on Sept. 20, 2013 into the Heritage of Leadership Society.
Hulsey was a 1948 graduate of UF Law. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as the communications officer aboard the LST 56th Landing Ship Tank. Hulsey joined Smith, Hulsey, Schwalbe, Spraker & Nichols in Jacksonville in 1969, the same year he became president of The Florida Bar.
While president, Hulsey inspired and encouraged creation of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. After consolidation of the judicial system under the 1972 constitution, he served on the commission from 1972 to 1984 and as chairman from 1981 to 1984.
He established in 1980 a moot court competition between the law schools of the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. The Hulsey-Gambrell annual competition will be held this year the day before the big game in Jacksonville. In 1985, Hulsey was awarded The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor and in 1992 he was named a UF Distinguished Alumnus.
The image of Mark Hulsey, along with his most significant accomplishments, are etched into glass on the second floor of Holland Hall on the UF Law school campus as a permanent tribute to his contributions to the nation, the state and the university.
Hulsey joins 32 others in the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society, representing illustrious personalities in the history of the University of Florida College of Law since it was founded in 1909. Members have distinguished themselves in legal, governmental, academic and corporate sectors.
Members of the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society are selected by the Heritage of Leadership Committee, which presents the slate for discussion and approval to the full membership of the University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc. Board of Trustees.
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