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Gerald Bard Tjoflat

Gerald Bard Tjoflat, American federal judge. Bar: Florida 1957. Recipient Merit award, Duke University, 1990, Fordham-Stein prize, 1996.


  • Tjoflat, Gerald Bard was born on December 6, 1929 in Pittsburgh. Son of Gerald Benjamin and Sarita (Romero-Hermoso) Tjoflat.

  • Education

    • Student, University Virginia, 1947—1950. Student, University Cincinnati, 1950—1952. Bachelor of Laws, Duke University, 1957.

      Data Control Language (honorary), Jacksonville University, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), William Mitchell College, 1993.


    • Private practice, Jacksonville, Florida, 1957—1968. Judge 4th Judicial Circuit Court, 1968—1970, United States District Court Middle District, Jacksonville, 1970—1975, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit), Jacksonville, 1975—1981, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit), Jacksonville, since 1981, chief judge, 1989—1996. Member Advisory Corrections Council United States, 1975—1987, Judicial Conference United States, 1989—1996, member committee administration probation system, 1972—1987, chairman, 1978—1987.

      Member Federal Judicial Court Committee on Sentencing, Probation and Pretrial Services, 1988—1990. United States delegate 6th and 7th United Nations Congress for Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders. With United States Army, 1953-1955.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1957.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Honorary life member, board visitors Duke University Law School, 2000. President North Florida council Boy Scouts American, 1976—1985, 2000—2001, chairman, 1985—1990. Trustee Jacksonville Marine Institute, 1976—1990, Episcopalian High School, Jacksonville, 1975—1990.

    Member vestry St. Johns Cathedral, 1969—1971, 1973—1975, 1977—1979, 1981—1983, 1985—1987, 1993, 1995—1996, senior warden, 1975, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1992. Member of American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, Florida Bar Association.


    • Married Sarah Marie Pfohl, July 27, 1957 (deceased). Children: Gerald Bard, Marie Elizabeth. Married Marcia Penman Parker, February 21, 1998.
    • father: Gerald Tjoflat
    • spouses: Sarah Marie Pfohl
    • Marcia Penman Parker
    • children: Gerald Bard Tjoflat
    • Marie Elizabeth Tjoflat
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    Born December 6, 1929