Tritt reaps career-defining rewards
trittheadshot By Andrew Steadman (2L)
It has been a good couple months for Professor Lee-ford Tritt.
Tritt, director of the Center for Estate Planning at UF Law, has recently been reaping the rewards of his career as a trusts and estates practitioner and professor.
In January, he was inducted into the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Tritt said that to many trusts and estates practitioners, induction into ACTEC is perhaps the foremost honor in the trusts and estates field. ACTEC’s members are elected by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.
Tritt said he was “very surprised, honored and humbled” by this acknowledgement from his peers and colleagues. He recognizes that this honor would not have been possible without the support of many of his former colleagues from his New York practicing days as well as his academic peers at other law schools.
The bonds that Tritt has forged since coming to UF Law played an important role.
“Some wonderfully kind and highly prestigious UF Law alumni went to bat for me, including Jim Camp, Lauren Detzel, David Pratt, Richard Comiter and Lou Nostro,” Tritt said.
Also in January, Tritt delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the pre-eminent trusts and estates conference attended by over 3,500 attorneys. Although Tritt said he was very nervous, he also said it was an experience of a lifetime.
“Speaking at Heckerling was a challenging experience, but a career-changer,” Tritt said. “It has opened up many doors for me.”
“And, everybody in the trusts and estates community was very warm and encouraging though the process. Leading up to the speech, I received a lot of insightful guidance and sound advice from many leaders in our field — some who I have never even met.”
On top of those professional accolades, Tritt was appointed as an officer to the Association of American Law Schools’ Trusts & Estates Section. And, he said, he is climbing up the leadership chain in the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, where he is currently working on the creation and roll-out of a “Wills for the Underserved” community outreach project.
Finally, to cap off the series of successes, Tritt signed contracts to write two B.N.A. Tax Management Portfolios, which are the go-to source for tax attorneys, estate planners and financial accountants.
Tritt said that the last few months have been “a little overwhelming, but in a wonderful way. “
“When I began my career in trusts and estates law, I was surrounded by amazing lawyers who were in ACTEC or spoke at Heckerling or wrote BNA Portfolios,” Tritt said, “but I thought these goals were out of my reach.”
But Tritt is keeping these accomplishments in perspective. He said that although he is thrilled about these recognitions and his current projects, “they pale in comparison to the privilege of teaching UF Law students.”
“I’m a lucky person to be surrounded daily by our warm, respectful and intellectually curious students,” Tritt said. “Our students are scrappers and they keep me on my toes. They are a joy to teach.”