Levin College of Law

UF Law’s Jurist-in-Residence Program brings judges and law students together

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This year’s University of Florida Levin College of Law Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence program was a great success, said UF Law Senior Legal Skills Professor Jennifer Zedalis, who is also chair of the Jurist-in-Residence Program and director of UF Law’s Trial Practice Program.

UF Law welcomed Judge Susan H. Black (JD 67) of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals as the 2011 jurist-in-residence from Feb. 1-3. Black was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida and held that position from 1979 to 1992. In 1992, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit by President George H.W. Bush.

The Jurist-in-Residence Program brings judges to UF Law to provide insights to students and faculty on a broad range of issues relating to the judicial process, substantive law, trial and appellate advocacy and the day-to-day practice of law.

During her visit, Black participated in a number of activities at the law school and was able to spend a significant amount of time speaking one-on-one with students, Zedalis said.

“I think the program was wonderfully successful,” Zedalis said. “My impression was that she couldn’t wait to talk to these students.”

Over the course of her visit, Black spoke in several different law classes, had breakfast and lunch with students, tea with faculty and participated in informal talks where students could engage in one-on-one conversations with Black.

Zedalis said in addition to speaking about judicial process and decision-making, Black also addressed the practical aspects of lawyering during her visit, including the importance of professionalism, how one presents one’s self and advice on entering the job market in the legal world.

The UF Law Jurist-in-Residence Program was named to honor UF Law alum Peter T. Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Fay served as the inaugural jurist-in-residence in 2009 and former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Charles T. Wells served as jurist-in-residence in 2010.

For additional information:
Matt Walker, UF Law Communications


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