In Memoriam: Stephan Mickle, 1944-2021

Stephan Mickle, a pioneering judge who taught law at the University of Florida for 38 years, died on January 26. He was 76 years old and had suffered from cancer.

A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Mickle was one of seven African American students who racially integrated the University of Florida in 1962. Three years later, he became the first African American to earn a bachelor’s degree at the university. He also earned a master’s degree in education from the university and later became the second African American to earn a law degree at the Univerity of Florida.

After opening a private law practice in 1972, Mickle became the first African-American county judge in Alachua County in 1979. Later, he became the first African-American to serve as federal judge in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Florida.

Mickle served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Law from 1971 to 2009. In 1999, he was the first African American to be named a distinguished alumnus of the university.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

In Memoriam: Roscoe Hightower Jr., 1966-2024

Dr. Hightower was a professor of marketing at his alma mater, historically Black Florida A&M University, where he taught for over two decades. He also served the university as the Centennial Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Marketing and Facility Management.

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: O. Jerome Green, 1954-2024

President of historically Black Shorter College O. Jerome Green passed way unexpectedly on April 8. Since he became president in 2012, the college has experienced record-breaking enrollment and graduation rates, created new academic programs, and established the STEM Center for Academic Excellence.

Featured Jobs