Arthur J. England, Jr., received the IOTA Founder’s Award at The Florida Bar Foundation’s Annual Dinner in Boca Raton during the Bar Convention for the pivotal role he played as a Florida Supreme Court justice in establishing Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts Program.
Less than two months later, 80-year-old England died of pulmonary fibrosis at home in Coral Gables on August 1.
“Justice England’s contributions to the state and his service on the Supreme Court was a benefit to all Floridians,” said Chief Justice Ricky Polston. “He was a respected member of the legal community and will be remembered for his knowledgeable contributions in many legal areas, especially taxation.”
In 1974, Justice England was one of the last justices to run for election before Florida moved from the direct election of Supreme Court justices to a merit selection and retention process in 1976.
He took office on January 8, 1975, at the age of 42. He was elected and served as chief justice from July 1, 1978, to June 30, 1980. While chief justice, he was elected to a one-year term (1979-1980) as deputy chair of the Conference of Chief Justices. He resigned from the court on August 9, 1981, and returned to private practice in Miami.
Under England’s leadership, in 1981, the Florida Supreme Court gave The Florida Bar Foundation the authority to administer the nation’s first IOTA program, which continues to fund civil legal assistance and programs to improve the administration of justice in Florida. It has since been adopted by every state and the District of Columbia.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, England attended the University of Pennsylvania. He received his law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.B.) and the University of Miami Law School (LL.M., taxation). In 1979 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Stetson University’s College of Law.