Meet the new president of Bradenton Kiwanis: Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Jr.

Judge Smith

Judge Smith’s social calendar just became a little busier. On October 5 he was sworn in as the president of Bradenton Kiwanis.

He is the unofficial historian of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and a published author, having written Lawyers & Legends of Manatee County, a 2012 book that chronicles the 157-year history of Manatee’s lawyers and he’s working on a follow-up book on the history of the circuit’s judiciary. So it seems fitting that the history buff will serve as president when Bradenton Kiwanis celebrates its centennial this year.

Twelfth Circuit judges share a common characteristic: a solid history of civic engagement. Many judges started their service to their communities as children in scouting programs, and more still followed in their parents’ footsteps and joined civic organizations, such as Bradenton Kiwanis.

In fact, four sitting judges have helmed the organization: Judge George Hitchcolk (1954); Judge Robert Hensley (1967); and Judge Edward Nicholas served two terms (2014/2015, 2015/2016). Two sitting judges served as president before they were elected to the bench: Judge Robert Willis (1949) and Judge Heather Doyle (2017/2018).

Congratulations, Judge Smith!

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