[PHOTOGRAPH: Justice Harry Lee Anstead]

Justice Harry Lee Anstead was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court August 29, 1994, by Governor Lawton Chiles. One of six children, he was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 4, 1937. He was raised by his mother, Loretta, in the Brentwood housing project and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1956. He served with the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., before attending law school.

He received bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees from the University of Florida, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the regular trial judges education program of the National College of the State Judiciary, and numerous other national judicial education programs.

After 13 years as a trial and appellate lawyer, he was elected to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in l976 and served there until his appointment to the Supreme Court. He served as chief judge of the district court and also served as an acting circuit and county court judge. He consistently received the highest approval ratings among Supreme Court Justices and appellate judges in the statewide judicial polls of Florida lawyers, including the highest rating of 95% in 1994.

Justice Anstead has published numerous articles relating to legal education, constitutional law, appellate practice, and various other topics. He served as an ad hoc member of the American Bar Association's advisory committee of the Appellate Judges Conference which was devoted to planning and implementing the LL.M. program on the judicial process at the University of Virginia.

He was a member of the Supreme Court Commission on the Structure of Florida's Courts; served for twelve years as an active member and Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions; and was a founder and president of the American Inns of Court for Palm Beach County.

He has been a lecturer on appellate practice at Nova Southeastern University Law School and served on the School's Board of Governors. He was honored by students there for his longtime work with the Moot Court program.

He has served on the Florida Bar's steering committee for its CLE publications on Florida appellate practice and comparative negligence. Justice Anstead initiated the regular publication of the attorney's oath in the Bar Journal as well as the practice of providing bar members with a formal copy of the oath upon admission to the bar.

He and his wife, Sue, have five children Chris, Jim, Laura, Amy, and Michael. He has been a founder and leader in numerous civic and charitable organizations in his community as well as an active member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach. His wife, Sue, graduated from law school in 1990 and is a former child advocate for the Legal Aid Society. She now has left this position to join Justice Anstead in Tallahassee.

Office Information

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