January 15, 2005 Regular News Justice Kennedy slated to address General Assembly Justice Kennedy slated to address General Assembly U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the General Assembly during The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.An enthusiastic Bar President-elect Alan Bookman announced Kennedy’s appearance during last month’s Board of Governors’ meeting.He called Kennedy an outstanding speaker who typically orates without notes and without hesitation, even on lengthy and complex addresses.“This is a first for The Florida Bar,” he said. “We’re very excited about that.”Kennedy’s appearance was arranged by 11th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Gerald Tjoflat. Part of Kennedy’s duties include overseeing the courts in the 11th Circuit.A 17-year veteran of the court, Kennedy was appointed by President Reagan. Prior to that appointment, he had served on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1975, and before that he practiced law, lobbied, and taught in California.Justice Kennedy is known for his fair-minded and pragmatic approach to cases, and is seen as a bridge-builder on the court and a member of its centrist bloc.