Dean Alfredo Garcia is an eminent scholar with a wealth of experience as an administrator, faculty member, and legal practitioner. He previously served as Dean of St. Thomas Law from 2007-2010 and returned for a second appointment in the summer of 2014. He has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-2006, and as Interim Associate Dean from 1993-1994. In these positions, he was a liaison between the School of Law faculty and administration assuming responsibility for faculty teaching assignments, application of academic policies, the academic calendar, and faculty support services. He also had general oversight of the clinical programs, the LL.M. programs, the joint degree programs, the Legal Research & Writing programs, and the Law Review.
In addition to his vast administrative experience, Dean Garcia possesses more than 17 years of law faculty teaching experience and more than two decades of higher education teaching experience. As a member of the St. Thomas University School of Law faculty, he has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Torts, Sixth Amendment Seminar, and Clinics. Dean Garcia has been a visiting professor at American University College of Law, College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center, among others.
Dean Garcia's publications include three books: Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice, with Podgor, Henning, and Taslitz (Carolina Press, 2005); The Fifth Amendment: A Comprehensive Approach (Greenwood, 2002); and The Sixth Amendment in Modern American Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective (Greenwood, 2002); as well as three entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Law and extensive law review articles for journals including Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and the University of Toledo Law Review. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Race and Racism in Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the ABA's Criminal Justice Committee and on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Magazine, published by the ABA.
Prior to entering academia, Dean Garcia was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, trying felony and narcotics-related cases including attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, burglary, kidnapping, trafficking, and white collar crimes. He also served as a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Miami. In addition to his extensive trial and motion experience, Dean Garcia has extensive appellate experience preparing briefs and arguing cases at the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third District Court of Appeals (Florida).
Born in Cuba, Dean Garcia earned his B.A. from Jacksonville University and earned both his M.A. and his J.D. from the University of Florida.