UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

This event has been postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. Future date to be determined. 

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and College of Design, Construction and Planning will hold the Annual Ernest R. Bartley Memorial Lecture Series, featuring retired Judge Alan S. Gold.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 (6 – 8 p.m.)

Judge Alan S. Gold (retired) will present “Ernest Bartley, a friend and a visionary. What would he say about Florida’s land use planning today and for the future: “Take a drink Mr. Socrates.”

There will be a reception starting at 6 p.m. in the Reitz Union, room 2335 with light refreshments. The lecture and Q&A will follow in the neighboring room (2365 Reitz Union) from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to melissamartin54@dcp.ufl.edu by Monday, September 11.


Judge Gold states his presentation will consist of two parts.

“The first part is about my personal story with Dr. Bartley and the influence one professor can have on the life of one of his students,” Judge Gold said. “Bart was my professor, my mentor, and later in life, my friend and colleague. He greatly influenced my career as a lawyer and as a Federal judge.”

The second part studies his vision for Florida’s growth management, how that vision would resonate today and what, if anything, it portends for our future.

“As his famous PCL 201 lecture, “Take a Drink Mr. Socrates” suggests, the time for ‘small thinking’ is behind us,” Judge Gold said. “We must all take action now and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning can be its catalyst.”

Senior United States District Judge Alan S Gold (Retired) was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida in 1997. He served in that capacity for more than 17 years. Before his appointment to the Federal bench, he presided as a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge from 1992 to 1997 in the Criminal and Family Divisions.

Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced law as a partner with the Greenberg Traurig firm in Miami, Florida, specializing in land use, environmental law, and litigation. He was listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” in 1989-1992, under the category of “Natural Resources and Environmental Law,” and was elected as a member of the American Colleague of Real Estate Lawyers.

He was a frequent lecturer for the Florida Bar and for Florida planning organizations on Florida land use and environmental law. While in private practice, he was appointed by then Governor Bob Graham to the Florida ELMS II Commission.

Early in his practice, he worked with the Dade County Attorney’s Office representing the Board of County Commissioners on all growth management matters, including its adoption and implementation of Dade County’s innovative Comprehensive Development Master Plan.