Third District Court of Appeal Rededication Ceremony

On April 26, 2019, the Third District Court of Appeal celebrated the rededication of the newly-renovated Courthouse with a ceremony that marked the completion of a four-year construction project. 

Chief Judge Kevin Emas welcomed attendees from across the state, and thanked the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation, the leadership of the 2014-2019 Florida Legislatures, as well as other stakeholders and contributors, for making this project possible. 

The Honorable Alan R. Schwartz, who served as an active member of the Third District Court of Appeal for more than 26 years, and served as Chief Judge for 22 years, was honored by naming the Atrium in his name. His son, Louis Schwartz, spoke on behalf of the Schwartz family. 

In 2000, the courthouse was named the “Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr. District Courthouse”, in honor of the Honorable Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr., who served as an active member of the Third District Court of Appeal for 35 years, and who served as Chief Judge during the original courthouse construction. The courthouse was rededicated at this ceremony, and his son, Thomas H. Barkdull, III (himself a retired circuit judge from the 15th Judicial Circuit), spoke on behalf of the Barkdull family. 

Also honored at the ceremony was Mary Cay Blanks, Clerk of the Court, for her 37 years of extraordinary service to the Court and the State of Florida.