Tritt Brings Practical Perspective to Center

Published: October 16th, 2006

Category: Feature, News


The new director of the Center for Estate and Elder Law Planning has his sights set on a national reputation for the program. After spending eight years in top-tier New York City practices, Professor Lee-ford Tritt (J.D., LL.M., New York University) brings a very practical perspective to the center.

“When the director positions were offered to me, I didn’t think twice about accepting,” said Tritt, who also will direct the Estates and Trusts Practice Certificate Program. Because of Florida’s large population of retirees, UF’s status as the state’s flagship university, the large sector of alumni who practice in the field, and the caliber of the college’s tax program, Tritt believes the center has a great potential to become the premiere academic research and resource institute on estate planning issues.

“The college has a unique opportunity to create a meaningful academic center that will enhance our college’s national reputation, help prepare our students to meet the challenges of an estates and trusts practice, and provide community services for the area’s elderly and poor,” Tritt said.

Tritt has five main goals. First, he will begin to establish ties with alumni who practice in the field in order to get valuable input concerning the development of the center as well as to provide learning and networking opportunities for students. Next, he would like to establish speaking series and conferences that will bring together scholars and practitioners to focus attention on prominent issues that affect our daily lives. Tritt also would like to update the Certificate Program to reflect the evolving nature of an estates and trusts practice, the American family dynamic and the laws that govern family structures. He hopes interested students will provide community services such as clinics for the elderly. Finally, he wants the center to play a part in shaping Florida’s estates and trusts public policy and statutes. Once these goals are achieved, Tritt foresees building a national reputation that will reflect well upon the entire college and university.