Levin College of Law

UF Law students build community, UF Hall of Fame takes notice

Christopher S. Tribbey Jr. (3L), left, and Adam Trumbly (3L)

Two UF Law students have been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Adam Trumbly and Christopher S. Tribbey Jr. were among 25 students inducted into the Hall of Fame during an April 3 ceremony held at the Reitz Union.

Trumbly and Tribbey have consistently helped to build a stronger community at UF Law and the university at large.

After founding the Native American Law Student Association, they arranged for the construction of a museum case and obtained items for exhibition in the law school’s library; sponsored conferences on Indian law, culture and heritage; and worked to modify the name and text for the campus’s Indian burial mound historical marker. They have also worked with the law school admissions team to increase outreach to Native American students.

Trumbly, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, said the goal has been to alert students to the fact that Native American contributions, influence and culture is all around them. “The environment they interact with everyday has been shaped by Native Americans before us,” he said.

Work like this led to Trumbly’s recognition as the National Native American Law Students Association 3L of the year. He and other honorees were praised by the National Native American Law Students Association as “exemplifying the best qualities of our tribal nations.”

UF Law Professor Teresa J. Reid, faculty adviser to the Native American Law Student Association, praised Trumbly’s attention to fellow students.

“He is concerned not only with serving his Native American community, but he has given considerable thought as to how UF could better prepare other students to serve similarly situated communities,” Reid wrote in a recommendation letter to the UF Hall of Fame. “It is rare to see such selfless dedication in a student.”

In addition to founding the UF Law student association, Trumbly serves on the board of the National Native American Law Student Association as the area representative for the Southeastern U.S. He clerked at the Meskwaki Tribal Court in Iowa during his 1L summer and participated in the Udall Congressional Intern Program, clerking for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C.

Tribbey’s leadership roles include founding vice president of NALSA, chief justice of the University of Florida Supreme Court of the Student Body and executive articles editor of the Florida Law Review.

A recommendation letter from Dean Laura A. Rosenbury lays out the case for Tribbey.

“As a law student, Chris has been steadfast in his commitment to academics and service,” Rosenbury wrote. “Chris’s mark will certainly be left here at the College of Law when he graduates this May.”

Tribbey and Trumbly also served as UF Law student ambassadors, providing guidance to first-year students to assist during orientation and throughout the year.

The pair fondly remember the influence of their own student ambassador, Monique Wilson (JD 15).

“Our success in law school is partially due to the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance she imparted upon us,” Trumbly said.

The Division of Student Affairs inducts students into the Hall of Fame based on community involvement, scholastic achievement and participation in campus activities. Go to the website to see past recipients starting in 1921.

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