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Save the Date: May 10, 2016 – Miami, Florida
The Hon. A. Jay Cristol is Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami. He served the United States with distinction or a total of 38 years of service as a naval pilot and lawyer. In civilian life, Judge Cristol served as Special Assistant Attorney General of Florida from 1959 to 1965 and, after 25 years of law practice, he accepted an appointment as Judge to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1985, and served as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 1993 to 1999. At 86, he still maintains a full calendar in his downtown Miami courtroom and continues to volunteer his time to serve the South Florida community.
Judge Cristol received a B.A. Degree from the University of Miami and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. In addition, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami Graduate School of International Studies through his research of the Liberty Incident. At Miami Law, Judge Cristol continues to serve in an advisory leadership role with the Eleonor and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Clinic. He is a long time member of the Iron Arrow of the University of Miami and was President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association in additional to having served on the Board of Trustees. Judge Cristol is truly a “man for all seasons” inspiring everyone who meets him. The Law Alumni Association is proud to be able to present him with the Alumnus of Distinction Award in May of 2016.