St. Thomas Law Alumni E-Newsletter

Volume I, Issue 1: February 2011


A Message from Dean Douglas Ray

Dear Alumni, Alumnae, and Friends of St. Thomas Law:
I wish you the best in 2011.  Since joining your law school last October, I have discovered that St. Thomas is not just another law school but is, instead, a special community which brings out the best in faculty, students, and staff. This is demonstrated in the classroom, in the community through our clinical and pro bono programs, and in the broader world through the efforts of our students, faculty, and graduates.   In this, the first issue of our Alumni Newsletter, we highlight recent Princeton Review rankings indicating we are among the most student-centered law schools in the country and also feature the substantial successes of our championship caliber and nationally ranked mock trial and moot court teams.  Both the rankings and our students’ achievements will contribute to the law school’s growing stature.  To add to this stature, we have two new programs also discussed in this issue.  Our new LL.M. Program in Environmental Sustainability will help lawyers attain a high level of understanding of environmental and natural resources law and the laws surrounding environmentally sustainable development.  Our growing Health Law Program will help our students achieve a foothold in the growing health care industry and connect law alumni in the field with each other and with our students.  We also share news of alumni achievements.  Special thanks are due Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs Peter Kelly for putting together this issue. In future issues, we will share information about faculty accomplishments and other developments at the law school.   I will hope to meet many of you at the alumni receptions we will be holding in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa in the coming months.  If you would like us to hold a reception in your area, please contact Assistant Dean Kelly at  I also encourage you to send him your career news so that we can share it with fellow graduates, students, and our faculty.
Douglas E. Ray
Dean and Professor of Law
Princeton Review Places St. Thomas Law in Top Tier
The 2011 edition of Princeton Review’s Best 172 Law Schools ranks St. Thomas Law in the top five schools in two of eleven categories: fourth in the country for “Best Quality of Life” (top three were Virginia, Duke and Stanford) and third in the country for “Best Environment for Minority Students.” 

In January 2011, St. Thomas Law’s trial team traveled to Orlando and won first place at the annual Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition hosted by the Trial Lawyers’ Section of the Florida Bar.

The most recent national rankings for law school moot court appellate advocacy programs, compiled by the University of Houston, ranks St. Thomas Law fourth in the nation, based on the overall success of its teams in national competitions in the past year.
Attention, Alumni Who Practice in the Area of Health Law

We invite you to join the recently launched St. Thomas Health Law Alumni Network on Facebook.

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For Alumni & Friends
Thursday, June 23
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Destin Room 1
At the Florida Bar Annual Convention
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee / Orlando

If you plan to attend, R.S.V.P. to or call Carol Rauseo-Danclair at