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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer$
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Mary E. Adkins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066660

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066660.001.0001

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“Be Somebody”

“Be Somebody”

(p.70) 6 “Be Somebody”
Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Mary E. Adkins

University Press of Florida

By the early 1960s Chesterfield Smith was becoming a leader in the Florida Bar, and in 1964 he became president. Shortly after his term as president ended, the governor named Smith hair of a new Constitution Revision Commission. This group succeeded, where others had failed, in drafting a wholly new constitution for Florida and getting the legislature to place it on the ballot, where a majority of Florida’s citizens approved it. As the Constitution Revision Commission finished its work, Smith merged his growing law firm with one based in Tampa. The resulting firm, Holland & Knight, continued to expand and to open more offices.

Keywords:   Florida Bar, Constitution Revision Commission, Holland & Knight, Chesterfield Smith

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