Jurist-In-Residence Program Announced
Dean Robert Jerry announced the Peter T. Fay Jurist-In-Residence Program during the Thursday evening reception honoring Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. and the Hon. Peter T. Fay, senior judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The endowed program will bring jurists to UF Law at least once each year for a period of several days to interact with students, providing them with unusual access to their expertise and insight in appellate advocacy.
“I think it is a good concept and it would be absolutely wonderful if it would allow the law school to invite all kinds of judges from around the country,” said Fay. “This program will really give students a chance to talk to judges and to realize a lot of different things, number one that they’re just human beings, trying to do a good job. And number two, that they’re dealing with everyday questions that are very similar, if not identical to the questions that are being discussed in class.”
Fay also believes the program will help students bridge the gap between what they learn in law school and legal practice, providing insight to the importance of legal drafting skills, how to file papers, how to file motions leading to a hearing and other “nitty-gritty” details regarding the day-to-day practice of law.
The jurist-in-residence program was the idea of Fay’s good colleague and friend, Judge Paul Huck. Huck regards Fay as a judicial mentor, and he wanted to honor Fay in a fashion that represented Fay’s tremendous influence on his own professional development. It is very appropriate that Fay will serve as UF Law’s first jurist-in-residence later this year.
“This honor is the highlight of my 38 years as a federal judge,” Fay said. “I’m very honored, very embarrassed and very humble.”