U.S. District Judge Adalberto José Jordan, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, will be honored Tuesday by Miami Law, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1987.
An event hosted by the Law Alumni Association at the Lowe Art Museum will gather admirers of Judge Jordan, including colleagues on the bench; his wife, Esther; their daughters, Diana Jordan and Elizabeth Jordan; and members of the Dean's Council and Dean's Circle. Patricia D. White, the dean of Miami Law, will address the crowd and express her pride in Judge Jordan's elevation to the appeals court.
After Judge Jordan's nomination by President Barack Obama last summer, Dean White called it "a magnificent appointment," and said the University of Miami "could not be prouder to have Judge Jordan as its alumnus and regular member of the adjunct faculty."
Judge Jordan is the first Cuban-American to sit on the 11th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. The Senate vote was 94-5 in Jordan's favor.
"Judge Adalberto José Jordan will bring an unwavering commitment to fairness and judicial integrity to the federal bench," President Obama said when he announced the nomination. "His impressive legal career is a testament to the kind of thoughtful and diligent judge he will be on the Eleventh Circuit."
Judge Jordan has been an adjunct professor at Miami Law since 1990, and is a member of the school's visiting committee. He will be the commencement speaker for Miami Law at its graduation ceremonies on May 12.
Judge Jordan has been a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida since 1999. He received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association and has a stellar judicial record. Prior to that, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was Chief of the Appellate Division and Counsel on Legal Policy from 1998-1999. In the late 1980s, after obtaining his law degree, he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Before that, he had graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Politics and Public Affairs.