Judge John R. Blue
Judge Blue received a B.S. in Business from Florida State University in 1958 and his L.L. B. (J.D.) from Stetson University College of Law in 1963. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He practiced law in Bradenton, Manatee County, with Grimes, Goebel, Parry, Blue, Boylston and McGuire from 1963 to 1984 and with Blue and McGire from 1984 to 1986.
Judge Blue served as President of the Manatee County Bar Association from 1975 to 1976. He was Chairman of the Local Bar Liaison Committee of the Florida Bar from 1978 to 1979. He was a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Nominating committee from 1981 to 1983 and a member of the Grievance Committee for the circuit from 1985 to 1986. Judge Blue served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar from 1986 to 1987. Judge Blue is presently serving as co-chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism Judicial task Force.
In 1983, Judge Blue took a leave of absence from his legal practice to serve as Director of the Division of Community colleges, coordinating for the state board and the presidents of Florida's twenty-eight community colleges program for the 1983 legislative session. He served on the Board of Trustees of Manatee Junior College from 1976 to 1982 and was a member of the State Community College Coordinating Board from 1978 to 1982.
Governor Graham appointed Judge Blue tot he circuit bench of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in 1986 and he was elected to that office in 1988. While serving in the Family Law Division, Judge Blue developed a pamphlet "What to expect ... DIVORCE in the 12th Judicial Circuit." It has been translated into Spanish and is currently used in circuits throughout the state. Governor Chiles appointed Judge Blue to the Second District Court of Appeal in April 1992 and he was retained by the electorate in November 1994.