Shelby Highsmith, American federal judge, Died at 86

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Shelby Highsmith was born on January 31, 1929, and died on December 2, 2015.

He was an American lawyer and judge.

Shelby was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

He graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1949.

Shelby served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1955.

Shelby graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in 1958 and from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law with an LL.B. in 1958.

He was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri from 1958 to 1959, before relocating to Florida and entering private practice in Miami from 1959 to 1970.

Shelby served as chief legal advisor to the Governor’s War on Crime Program, Florida from 1967 to 1968 and special counsel for the Florida Racing Commission from 1969 to 1970.

Shelby was a member of the Law Enforcement Planning Counsel of Florida from 1969 to 1970 and served as a circuit judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit (Dade County) from 1970 to 1975. He resumed private practice in Miami in 1975.

President George H.W. Bush nominated Shelby on June 27, 1991 to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, to the seat vacated by Thomas E. Scott.

Confirmed by the Senate on September 12, 1991, Shelby received commission on September 16, 1991.

Shelby assumed senior status on March 15, 2002, but stopped hearing cases in 2008.

Shelby Highsmith passed away on December 2, 2015, at his family’s home in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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