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 2006 to 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 through annual receptions around the State of Florida, as well as in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Peter has established an alumni association and an alumni council, and has also invited many graduates back to campus to speak to current students on topics ranging from alternative legal careers to professionalism to starting one’s own practice.
As Special Assistant to Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, Mr. Kelly works on a number of special projects within the Office of the President, and most recently assisted the president and provost with the University’s 2017 strategic plan. The President’s liaison to all University committees, Peter has served 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 2009 and 2010 at St. Thomas Law, Peter was elected by the students as the Administrator of the Year.