Judge Grube honored nationally March 15, 2003 Judge Peter Evans Regular News Judge Grube honored nationally Special to the NewsFlorida had a right to be proud when the governor of Nevada proclaimed it “Judge Karl Grube Day” in the state of Nevada.A “Legacy of Quality” became the key phrase as judges and judicial educators from across the country gathered in November in Reno to honor Pinellas County Judge Grube for his 20 years of service as a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College. Since 1983, Judge Grube has taught courses in both civil and criminal law, served as a course coordinator, and provided leadership as chair of the college’s faculty counsel.The NJC was founded in 1963, and is celebrating 40 years of service to the nation’s judiciary this year.Since its inception, the NJC has awarded more than 61,000 professional judicial education certificates. The NJC, located on the historic 255-acre Reno campus of the University of Nevada, is the country’s leading judicial education and training institution.The surprise celebration brought colleagues to honor Judge Grube from across the country. National Judicial College President William Dressel was the first presenter who lauded the judge as a “devoted judicial educator of the highest caliber.”Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Deborah Agosti presented Judge Grube with a special order and commendation signed by all the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court, thanking him for his contribution in providing the highest quality judicial education to judges of Nevada and the nation. Justice Agosti also delivered a proclamation from the governor of Nevada declaring a day in celebration of Judge Grube’s accomplishments in the field of judicial education.On behalf of the ABA, Rhode Island District Court Judge Robert Pirraglia also recognized Judge Grube for his service in the annual education programs of the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges.From the U.S. Department of Transportation, Brian Chodrow brought greetings from the Outreach Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Judge Grube was presented with a distinguished service award for his development and presentation of judicial education programs in the areas of impaired driving and judicial outreach.Palm Beach Judge Peter Evans, representing the Florida Conference of County Court Judges, also presented Judge Grube an award for the “Lifetime Contributions” he made to all the judges of Florida. In recognizing the “legacy of quality” left by Judge Grube, the award quoted Aristotle in stating: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”“It is a privilege and an honor to be selected to teach judges and see some of the knowledge that one imparts actually improving the delivery of justice in our courts,” Judge Grube said in accepting the honors.