Tritt, Davis honored as professor, student of the year
When Rob Davis found out he was going to argue in front of Chief Justice John Roberts last year he said he was surprised and thought someone was pranking him. He was surprised again this semester when he was named student of the year by JMBA.
“There were five people who were finalists and they’re great people, so that’s a question I had. Why me?” Davis said. “But it’s certainly an honor.”
Davis won student of the year while Professor Lee-ford Tritt won professor of the year for the second consecutive year.
“I’m very humbled by the honor of being named professor of the year,” Tritt said. “And I feel so unworthy of this recognition when I reflect upon the great depth of wonderful professors that the law school is blessed to have. My colleagues daily inspire me and guide me. In reality, the students are prepared and trained so well by the professors who teach first year courses that teaching 2Ls and 3Ls is an effortless pleasure.”
Davis, who will work at Holland & Knight in Orlando after graduation, had a great experience at UF Law and congratulated the finalists for student of the year: Clay Carlton, Jon Philipson, Jennifer White and James Tyger. The highlight of law school for him was arguing in front of Chief Justice Roberts for the Moot Court Final Four.
“Not only would that be the highlight of law school, I have a feeling that will probably be the highlight of my legal career, but you never know,” Davis said. “I learned a lot from that experience. I remember Justice [Rosemary] Barkett, when we were walking to the event, pulled us all aside and told us not to be nervous, which we all laughed at. She also said, ‘Treat this as a conversation. It’s not us interviewing you and you responding. We’re talking to you about your case. We want to know your theory and we have legitimate questions that need to be answered.’”
Tritt, who taught Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Administration this year, thanked his students for pushing him to improve.
“It’s an extreme honor and privilege to teach the students who attend UF Law School,” Tritt said. “The students are so sharp, hardworking, and dedicated—they keep me on my toes and positively challenge me. The students set a high hurdle which, in turn, makes me a better teacher and lawyer. I learn more from teaching them then they will ever learn from me.”
But even though Tritt has won the award twice in a row he knows there is still room for improvement.
“There is really nothing more important to me than striving to be a good teacher,” Tritt said. “This award means that I will continue to strive to be a better teacher so that I can be worthy of this honor.”