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Shelby Highsmith

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Shelby Highsmith
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #13
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   9/16/1991 - 3/15/2002
Senior:   3/15/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Scott
Succeeded by:   Cecilia Altonaga
Personal History
Law School:   University of Kansas, LL.B., 1958

Shelby Highsmith is an Article III federal judge for United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Highsmith is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Florida, Highsmith graduated from Georgia Military College with his associate's degree in 1949 before later graduating from the University of Kansas with his Bachelor in Laws degree in 1958. Highsmith served in the US Army on active duty from 1949 to 1955.

Professional career

Highsmith spent a considerable amount of time in his legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Missouri from 1958 to 1959 and in the State of Florida from 1959 to 1970. As a private practice attorney, Highsmith served as a Chief Legal Adviser for the Governor's Task Force on Crime in Florida from 1967 to 1968 and also was special counsel for the Florida (Horse) Racing Commission from 1969 to 1970 and also served as a member of the Law Enforcement Planning Counsel for Florida from 1969 to 1970. Highsmith in 1970 became a circuit court judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida until 1975 when he spent the rest of his pre-judicial legal career in private practice in the State of Florida until 1991.

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, Highsmith was nominated by President George HW. Bush on June 27, 1991 to a seat vacated by Thomas Scott as Scott assumed senior status. Highsmith was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 12, 1991 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 16, 1991.[1] Highsmith assumed senior status on March 15, 2002. Highsmith was succeeded in this position by Cecilia Altonaga.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Scott
Southern District of Florida
Seat #13
Succeeded by:
Cecilia Altonaga