Florida Legal Community Mourns Joseph DuRocher: Naval Aviator, Attorney, Public Defender, Hero

Friday, June 1, 2012

I am sad to announce that we have lost a great legal mind and friend with the passing of Joseph DuRocher on May 19, 2012.

A fellow Naval aviator, Joe served in the early Viet Nam war era, through 1965. Joe later went on to pursue a career as an attorney after leaving the Navy. He served as the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange and Osceola Counties, for 20 years, through 2001, perhaps the most important role an attorney can have in our legal system. He also shared his knowledge of the law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Barry University School of Law and the University of Central Florida.

He was awarded the Charles Dorsey Award in recognition of his exemplary legal career and his devotion to serving the poor and underprivileged in 2001 by the American Bar Association. In 2005, Barry University School of Law recognized him with the Allies for Justice Award.

Joe was an inspiration and helped to train many young legal minds in Central Florida. He will be greatly missed.


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