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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

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 Judge L. Arthur Lawrence


  • Birthdate: March 24, 1939
  • Birthplace: Chattahoochee, Florida
  • Spouse: Ann W. Lawrence
  • Children: Three
  • Degrees: J.D. 1963, University of Florida; B.A. 1960, Emory University
  • Elective and Appointive Public Offices and Positions : Judge, District Court of Appeal, First District, Tallahassee, 1993-present; Judge, Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1979-1993; State Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit, 1974-1979; Municipal Judge, City of Live Oak, 1970-1973; Trustee, Suwannee County Hospital, 1969-1973; Public Defender, Third Judicial Circuit, 1964-1969.
  • Other Professional Positions and Experience: board attorney, Suwannee County School Board, 1969-1974; private civil practice, concurrent with other positions, 1963-1974.
  • Professional and Educational Activities and Positions: (Past) - Chief Judge, Third Judicial Circuit, 1983-85 and 1989-91; President, Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association; Secretary, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association; faculty member, Advanced Course For Career Prosecutors; faculty member, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, "How To Handle Capital Cases"; Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; Sigma Chi social fraternity. (Current) - Florida Bar, Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Tallahassee Bar Association, Florida Bar Committee on Criminal Procedure Rules, 1995.
  • Religious and Civic Associations: (Current) - Thomasville Road Baptist Church; commissioner (trustee), Florida Baptist Witness (official newspaper for Florida Baptists); Antique Automobile Club of America. (Past) - trustee, Florida Baptist Foundation; trustee, Florida Sheriff's Youth Fund; President, Kiwanis Club of Live Oak; member, board of directors, First Commercial Bank of Live Oak.



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