The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has established the Wade L. Hopping Institute for Private Property Rights as an arm of PLF to take on precedent-setting environmental and land use law cases to protect private property rights in Florida and to inform the public about the importance of private property in a free society.
Hopping, a former Florida Supreme Court justice and founder of the Tallahassee law firm of Hopping Green & Sams (HGS), was PLF’s Chairman at his death in 2009. He served seven years on the board of trustees of the California-based organization. The Hopping Institute will be part of PLF’s Atlantic Center in Stuart, Florida.
In remarks at the Hopping Institute’s Inaugural Dinner in Tallahassee on January 19, HGS shareholder David Powell said: “Wade held many titles during his 77 years, but none of them – except husband, father, grandfather and founder of his law firm — meant as much to him as the outside position he held at his death, Chairman of the Pacific Legal Foundation.”
Powell said that naming a private property rights institute after Hopping was a fitting tribute because his service as PLF’s chairman “was the ultimate recognition for Wade by his peers on a national level.”
Powell added: “Wade made his reputation as a champion of the private sector in its battles against over-reaching government. In public and private, he would rail against the bureaucracy. He loved to say: “’Government is like kudzu: You’ve got to prune it back every year…or it’ll grow right over you.’”
Special guests at the dinner included Hopping’s wife, Mary, and children Hank and Margaret Hopping of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Mary Beth Mendoza of Atlanta, Ga.; and Kiff Mendoza of Tallahassee. His children Jud and Jackie Hopping of Fort Lauderdale and Lynn Mendoza of Tallahassee were unable to attend.
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