Federal judge to serve as jurist-in-residence at UF College of Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Peter T. Fay, a senior judge of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, will be the first to serve as jurist-in-residence Feb. 18 – 20 during the Peter T. Fay Jurist-In-Residence Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Fay, a 1956 graduate of UF Law and the program’s namesake, will serve as the inaugural jurist in the program, bringing with him the weight and wisdom of nearly 40 years of service as a federal judge.

The recently endowed program is designed to bring experienced judges to campus for several days each year to interact with law students through participation in college activities and class room discussions. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between the classroom and legal practice. Access to a jurist-in-residence provides law students with invaluable insight to the law from a judge’s perspective as well as the opportunity to informally discuss a broad range of issues relating to the judicial process.

“Judge Fay is very approachable and eager to meet with as many students as possible,” said Jennifer Zedalis, UF legal skills professor, director of Trial Practice and chair of the Jurist-in-Residence Program Committee. “Judge Fay encourages students to drop by his office (HOL 318). This is an ideal opportunity for young attorneys to be exposed to an outstanding legal scholar.”

The idea to name the jurist-in-residence program after Fay came from Fay’s colleague and friend, U.S. District Court Judge Paul C. Huck, a 1965 UF Law graduate. Huck regards Fay as a judicial mentor and he wanted to honor Fay in a fashion that represented Fay’s tremendous dedication to the professional development of young lawyers.

“This honor is the highlight of my 38 years as a federal judge,” Fay said. “I’m very honored, very embarrassed and very humbled.”

Published: February 5th, 2009

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