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Meet the Faculty: Jeffrey Davis

Published: January 26th, 2004

Category: News

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“No doubt, there are some lawyers out there of whom we’re not so proud, but most lawyers and judges I’ve actually known, primarily through my activity in the Business Section of The Florida Bar, are outstanding people: hard working people of integrity who give generously of their time in the public’s interest. It’s a shame the story of the ‘good lawyer’ isn’t more widely told. “I encourage students to become involved in the development and improvement of the law, benefitting and protecting society through their participation. Having served on the Bar’s Business Law Section Executive Board for 12 years, I’ve made valuable contacts that have greatly benefitted my students, and built long-standing relationships. It’s been both gratifying and fun.”

Education/Background

LL.M.,University of Michigan; J.D., Loyola University; B.S., Physics, University of California at Los Angeles. Law Review, Student Teaching Fellow, Saint Thomas More Law Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society). University of Florida Professor since 1981; Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar since 1999. Widely published in the areas of bankruptcy, liens and consumer credit. Involved in drafting and re-drafting Florida legislation. Taught at law schools of the University of South Dakota, Rutgers and New York University. Former mechanical engineer, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company.

Member: American Bar, California Bar and Florida Bar Associations; Florida Bar’s Business Law Section’s Executive Council, Bankruptcy /UCC Committee, Legislation Committee. Reporter (Chief Draftsman): Special Committee on Post Judgment Creditor Remedies.

What You May Not Know

Davis’ wife also is a lawyer, specializing in child abuse law. They have two daughters — one a college sophomore and the other a high school junior — and both have competed in the sport of crew as members of Gainesville Area Rowing, a club for which Davis has served as an officer and member of the Executive Committee. Davis played basketball in his youth, and is a big Gator sports fan — particularly in the areas of basketball, football and track. He also enjoys cooking.

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