James E.C. Perry ’72 Joins Florida Supreme Court

Summer 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed James E.C. Perry ’72 to serve as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court.

“I am confident Judge Perry will rule with restraint, fairness, and humility,” Crist said. “He has shown throughout his personal and professional life the ability to balance justice with humanity.”

Perry was in private legal practice for 21 years before he was appointed in 2000 to Florida’s 18th Circuit Court, which serves Seminole and Brevard counties. He was the 18th Circuit’s first African-American judge, and he will be the fourth African-American to serve on Florida’s highest court.