Florida State University should ask the state legislature to remove the name of a controversial judge from its law school campus, a panel has recommended.
The Tallahassee law school’s building was named for former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice B.K. Roberts in 1973, but Roberts’ record of issuing opinions upholding Jim Crow laws in the 1950s prompted the 15-member panel to conclude that “the law school community is not well served by continuing the B.K. Roberts name in as prominent and honorific as role as the current building name.” The 15-member panel, composed of alumni, faculty and students, issued its recommendation to university president John Thrasher on Friday.
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