Peter T. Kelly
Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Special Assistant to the President
B.A., Cornell University
J.D., Catholic University School of Law
After serving as St. Thomas Law’s Director of Student Services from May 2006 to October 2010, Peter Kelly was named Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations in October 2010. Since then, Dean Kelly has increased the overall engagement of St. Thomas Law alumni though annual receptions in Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Boca Raton and Washington, D.C. Peter has invited back many graduates to speak to current law students on topics ranging from alternative legal careers to professionalism to opening one’s own law firm. As Special Assistant to Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, Mr. Kelly works on a number of special projects within the Office of the President. The President’s liaison to all University committees, Peter serves as chair of the university’s community justice council, and is a member of the school’s emergency management team and Catholic identity committee. Peter obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, where he was Student Commencement Speaker. While in law school, Peter worked as a law clerk at Catholic University’s Office of the General Counsel. Upon his law school graduation, Peter served as a legal analyst at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Office of Judges Programs in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Peter advised several federal district courts of legal and administrative policy changes with regard to implementation of the electronic case filing system, and he performed various research projects for federal rules advisory committees. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Classics at Cornell University, Peter lived in Guangzhou, China, and taught English at Guangdong Pui Ching College. In the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years, Peter was elected by the law students as the Staff Person/Administrator of the Year.