Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Julian Edward Collins ‘78, Retired Florida Circuit Court Judge

Julian Edward Collins ‘78, a retired circuit court judge, died on December 1 at the age of 78.

Collins was elected to the bench of Columbia County in Florida in 1988. After 11 years on thje Columbia County bench, he was appointed a Circuit Court judge. Collins held that seat for the next 14 years, until he reached the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. He served about four of those years as chief judge,

Collins was active in his community, notably in youth activities, where he worked with other parents and coaches to organize and develop programs in baseball, girls' softball, and soccer, working to improve both the quality of those programs and the facilities they required to play their games.

Collins was also a veteran. He served three years on active duty beginning in December 1968, including a year in Vietnam, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. He ultimately obtained the rank of captain.