Hugh Selwyn Glickstein
Hugh Selwyn Glickstein was born on Aug. 5, 1931, in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended public schools in Jacksonville and the Bolles Academy on the Southside. He graduated in 1953 from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and remained in the law school at Washington & Lee for two additional years, receiving his LLB degree in 1955 (renamed the Juris Doctorate degree in 1969). He was on active duty with the Naval Reserve from 1955-57, returning to Florida to begin the practice of law in late 1957.
He married Rose Haber and became father of Gregg, Cary, and Leslie Glickstein Cornwell. After 30 years they divorced, in 1986, and he married Guy Eleanor Noble of Colorado and became father of her two sons Tray Noble and Jamie Extract.
From early on it was clear that Hugh was to fashion a multifaceted career — as activist, as writer, culminating in a long career as a judge.
From the start he turned toward civic callings, beginning in 1965 as an assistant state attorney, then counsel to several South Florida cities, then in 1979 as a judge of Florida’s 17th Judicial District, followed by appointment to the state’s 4th District Court of Appeals, of which he subsequently became chief judge. He was active from the outset in the Florida Bar initially producing technical notes for the Bar journal, teaching in Bar association gatherings as well as adjunct faculty in Nova’s law school. As time went on his activities gravitated to a variety of projects on behalf of children, initiating the Children’s Services Councils of Florida and the parenting program at Broward Community College. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he coordinated his efforts with those of his wife, Guy Noble.
He was simultaneously working his way up to the ladder of bar responsibilities. He initially became a member of the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors in 1978, then the first chair of the Legal Needs of Children’s Committee in 1983, followed by a host of leadership positions in the state bar from the most technical to the most general to vice chair of the statewide annual meeting. By 1989, the Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children’s Committee had created the Hugh S. Glickstein Child Advocate of the Year Award and Hugh had proposed the requirement that prospective judges reveal past membership in discriminatory organizations.
A counterpart grown in service and recognition had begun in the American Bar Association as well, beginning with papers read at gatherings and attendance at national meetings on the law and children’s needs.
He attended several national conferences and meetings on families and children and the best interests of the child.
The first of many articles appeared in 1963 improbably entitled “Settlements and Awards,” cases involving foreign objects left in the body. Throughout the 1970s, other pieces were published, e.g., “An Appellate Judge’s Wishes,” warnings about technical traps and the lure of wider issues. By the early 1980s, children’s issues were increasingly the subject of his writings as was his increasingly successful engagement in work on behalf of children. He moved from “Successful Resolutions of Children’s Issues” through to “Children Services Councils: A Children’s Tax Program that Sets a Model for the Nation” to “A year to Rediscover the Best Interest of the Child.” From remarkably narrow subjects, Hugh’s writings — prolific in scope — had moved by the late 1980s widely and deeply into the heart of children’s issues. He and his wife, Guy Noble, went county to county throughout Florida for the establishment of the Children’s Services Councils within the bar associations and civic awards such as recognition by several groups as child advocates of the year.
In 2008, he retired from the court of which he had been chief judge and returned to his wife’s home in Colorado, where he continued to read, write and travel.
The last 30 years have been the happiest in my life, spending those with my family, enjoying Aspen’s skiing, golf, tennis, lectures and the wonderful Aspen Music Festival.
My heartfelt thanks to my best friend, President Emeritus John Maguire and his wonderful assistant, Carol Coley, for writing this remembrance.
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