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Justice Raoul G. Cantero III visits Columbus

By Alexander Santana

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On April 13, 2016, the Columbus Pre-Law Club had the pleasure of listening to former Florida Supreme Court Justice and Columbus Class of 1978 Raoul G. Cantero III. He spoke about his six years as a Justice on the Florida Supreme Court and as a current partner at the international law firm of White & Case in downtown Miami. Justice Cantero also spoke about his years as a student at Columbus, Florida State University, and Harvard Law School.

Justice Cantero attended Columbus in the late 1970’s where he played as a senior linebacker on the football team alongside Mr. Lynskey. In 1977, Columbus upset Miami Beach Senior High School 16-12, behind big plays from Justice Cantero. Mr. Lynskey set a school record for tackles in a season (150) and a game (26). Justice Cantero went on to attend Florida State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business, summa cum laude and Harvard Law School, cum laude.

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After Harvard Law School, Justice Cantero spent 14 years in private practice, focusing on civil and criminal appeals. During this time he handled more than 300 appeals and more than 150 oral arguments in all five District Courts of Appeal of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court and several US Courts of Appeal. In 2002, he was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Supreme Court. Justice Cantero was the first Hispanic, the first Cuban American, and one of the youngest ever to sit on the Court.

Justice Cantero now focuses on cross-border commercial disputes relating to Latin America and is the head of White & Case’s Miami commercial litigation practice. With over 25 Columbus students in attendance, Justice Cantero was able to share valuable advice about hard work, faith, and values. He answered questions ranging from how to study for the LSAT to how the first year of law school is. The Columbus Pre-Law Club thanks Justice Cantero for taking his time to talk to us and looks forward to having him again in the future.

Thank you to Br. Kevin, Mr. Lynskey, Br. John, Dr. Burrus, Ms. McCullagh, Dr. Folch, Mr. Harris, Ms. Branas, and Ms. Cruz for attending the meeting.

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