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Lawyer , State supreme court justice

James Calhoun Adkins, lawyer, former state supreme court justice. Bar: Florida 1938. Recipient Florida James W. Day award, Distinguished Service award Florida Municipal Judges Association, resolution Florida Prosecutors Association, Tallahassee, 1978, resolution Florida Senate and House of Representatives, 1984, National Highway Safety Commission, 1984; named Outstanding Alumnus College Law University Florida.


Adkins, James Calhoun was born on January 18, 1915 in Gainesville, Florida, United States. Son of James Calhoun and Elizabeth (Edwards) Adkins.


Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1938.


Research aide Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee, 1938-1939. Assistant attorney general State of Florida, 1939-1941. Assistant state attorney United States Court Appeals for 8th Circuit, Gainesville, 1957-1959, judge, 1964-1969, Alachua County Court of Record, Florida, 1959-1961.

Private practice Gainesville, 1961-1964. Judge Circuit Court 8th Judicial District Circuit, Fal., 1964-1969. Justice Supreme Court Florida, 1969-1987, chief justice, 1974-1976.

Attorney Carson and Linn, P.A., Tallahassee, since 1987. State director Florida Traffic Courts, Driving Under Influence Schools, since 1971.


  • Bar: Florida 1938.



Since righteousness is demanded of God, one needs to know how to receive it. It is received through faith. It is having faith in God.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.


In a society where self-interest, acquisitiveness and individual happiness are often seen as the over-riding interests, the Church, and Christians within it, are called to witness meanings, values and purposes beyond ourselves.


Member Florida Highway Safety Commission, Governor's Council on Criminal Justice, 1971-1987. With Army of the United States, 1945. Member Florida Bar Association, American Judicare Society (certified award 1984).


Married Elizabeth Lawrence, August 18, 1979. Children: James Calhoun III, Linda.

James Calhoun Adkins

Elizabeth (Edwards) Adkins

Elizabeth Lawrence

James Calhoun III Adkins

Linda Adkins