Peter T. Fay, senior U.S. judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Photo by J. Albert Diaz/ALM


The St. Thomas University School of Law will be renamed to honor Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Peter Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the dean of the school, Tamara Lawson, announced Wednesday.

At a reception at Boies Schiller Flexner attorney Steve Zack’s Miami Beach home, Lawson announced the renaming of the Miami-based law school with Fay, his son Michael and wife Pat, in attendance. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and numerous legal and nonlegal luminaries were also present.

Fay was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in September 1976. Though he is a graduate of the University of Florida, Fay has an honorary doctorate degree from St. Thomas. The school is looking to raise $10 million for the renaming. The money will go to scholarships, endowed chairs for faculty, and improvement in the school and the programs it offers.

Donations can be made by contacting Régine B. Cambronne, director of major gifts, at 305-474-2481.