Today, former UF basketball star Andy Owens is presiding over a different kind of court.
More than three decades after his record-setting senior season on the University of Florida basketball team, Andy Owens" name remains at the top of the school record books. The Gators" team captain averaged 27 points per game in 1970, which still ranks as the highest season scoring average in school history. The year before, he was instrumental in leading Florida to its first postseason tournament.
After graduating from UF"s law school in 1972, Owens worked for two Florida firms before being appointed to the bench by then-Governor Bob Graham only 10 years after passing the Bar. As chief judge of the 12th Judicial circuit in the late 1990s, Owens helped develop drug and mental health court programs that offer people treatment instead of jail time for minor crimes. Today, he is serving his fifth term as circuit court judge, running unopposed in his last two re-election campaigns.