January 16, 2008

FL: " your quintessential moral, ethical, caring person"

From Jacksonville.com:

36 years as a public defender - He held that post in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties

Louis O'Melville Frost, who served as the public defender for Duval, Nassau and Clay counties for 36 years and was considered the dean of Florida public defenders, died in his sleep Tuesday night... He was 76 and had been battling stomach cancer for four years... Mr. Frost was appointed public defender in 1968 and was re-elected nine times without opposition, serving until his retirement in January 2005.

Lawyers he hired, trained or employed rose to the heights of Florida's legal landscape and include a state attorney, more than 20 former or current judges and a retired Florida Supreme Court justice. "He was an institution, dedicated to the concept of defense of the poor," said Public Defender Bill White, his longtime chief assistant who succeeded him in 2005. "There are hundreds of lawyers in this town who owe their careers to Lou Frost, including me..."