PBK Alumni Association Thanks Justice Major Harding

On April 18, 2013, the PBK Alumni Association held its annual dinner meeting at Timuquana Country Club. Local judges and attorneys joined us.

Justice Harding shared memories from his years as a trial judge in Jacksonville and as a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.  In addition, he provided insights on the causes and possible cures for the popular misconceptions about the American system of justice.

We thank Justice Harding for his stimulating presentation.

Justice Major B. Harding To Speak At Spring Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Meeting


March 16, 2013

"Living Right Side Up In An Upside Down World" - Justice Major B. Harding

Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding will be the Keynote Speaker for the annual spring banquet of the Phi Beta Kappa  Alumni Association of Northeast Florida (PBKAA) to be held on April 18, 2013.

Justice Harding's topic will be: "Living Right Side Up In An Upside Down World."

Come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship while supporting the PBKAA scholarship fund.  Read more about the Alumni Scholarship Fund click here.  The cost of the dinner is $40 per person. The PBKAA is a 501 (c) 3 Charity. Any donations made above the cost of the dinner are tax deductible.


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Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Justice Major B. Harding to the Florida Supreme Court on January 22, 1991.  He became Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court in July 1998 and served in this capacity through June 2000.

Justice Harding received his Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from Wake Forest University in 1957 and 1959, respectively.

As a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, he began his tenure on the bench in Florida with his 1968 appointment as a Duval County juvenile court judge.  In 1970, he was appointed to the circuit bench in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, was elected Chief Judge in 1974 and re-elected Chief Judge in 1975.  While a Circuit Judge, he was consistently rated at the top of the annual judicial polls of the Jacksonville Bar Association.  At the time of his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, he was the Dean of the Florida Judicial College and Chair-Elect of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.

In 1995, he attained his Masters of Laws in Judicial Process at the University of Virginia School of Law.  Additionally, Justice Harding received his Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Stetson University in 1991 and from Florida Coastal School of Law in 1999.

Justice Harding and his wife Jane reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Thanks UNF Professor Dr. Jay Hubner


PBKA of North East Florida

On November 14, 2012, Phi Beta Kappa held its joint meeting with the Jacksonville Historical Society at the Old St. Andrews Church.  We would like to thank our speaker, Dr. Jay Hubner, PHD, University of North Florida.  His discussion describing the possibility of a meteor impact near the area known as Round Marsh in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve near Ft. Caroline was both informative and interesting.

The monies collected at this meeting will be used to fund future scholarships.

Keep reading our blog for information regarding the Spring meeting.

Fall Program - 1564 Meteor Impact ----- Dr. Jay Huebner

FALL PROGRAM: November 14, 2012---A Joint Meeting with the Jacksonville Historical Society
Social with wine and light hors d’oeuvres 6:30 pm
Price $15.00   Registration at the door.   Friends welcome!

Program: 7:00 pm.     
VENUE: Jacksonville Historical Society
                Old Saint Andrews Church, 
                317 A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard
                Jacksonville, FL 32202

PROGRAM: Professor Jay Huebner, University of North Florida
TITLE: A Possible Meteor Impact near Fort Caroline in August 1564

Jay Huebner has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University, a MS in physics from San Diego State University and a PhD. in physics from The University of California at Riverside. He has additional training in Biophysics and Photo-Chemistry at Michigan State University, Georgia Tech, and Osnabrueck University (in Germany). He has also had training in Observational Astronomy at the Keck Observatory, which is on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Dr. Huebner was a founding faculty member of the University of North Florida, where he has taught a variety of physics, engineering and other courses, including Astronomy, the Colonization of Space and the Impact of Asteroids. He is a Professor Emeritus and Visiting Research Professor in Physics at UNF where he currently conducts research on several types of chemical sensors he helped invent. This work has been supported with over $ 5 M through multiple grants and contracts mostly from the Department of Defense. Three US patents have been awarded on the technologies developed.