The late Judge C. Roger Vinson honored by Escambia and Santa Rosa legal community
The Escambia and Santa Rosa legal community presented “The Profession and the Professional — the study of Judge Roger Vinson” December 1.
The presentation featured the professional life of U.S. Northern District Judge C. Roger Vinson, who passed away in April. Through the lens of friends, a law partner, a law clerk, and a fellow jurist, the panel discussed Judge Vinson’s life as “the embodiment of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges and Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.” Whether it was his decisions regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and others that ultimately traveled to the United States Supreme Court or his time in mentoring and public outreach, the audience was furnished a revelation of what it means “to elevate the profession and others by a consummate professional.”
Former law clerk Bryan Aylstock gave credence with regard to Judge Vinson, it is what you know rather than who you know. Former law partner to Judge Vinson, now retired U.S. magistrate Judge Miles Davis, spoke to the civility Judge Vinson exhibited before taking the bench. Roy Kinsey, a Florida Bar member for over 50 years, spoke of Judge Vinson’s love for naval aviation and public outreach and community service. Fellow jurist Elizabeth Timothy, a retired U.S. magistrate judge, provided examples of Judge Vinson’s ability to rule without fear or favor.
The Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Foundation, the C. Roger Vinson American Inn of Court Pensacola Chapter, and ABOTA sponsored the celebration.