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Alumni

The law school's relationship with its students continues long after graduation. Our alumni tell us that their USF education provided them with the skills and perspective that launched successful careers as legal professionals.

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Office of Development and Alumni Relations
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The friendships formed during law school last a lifetime. We want all of our alumni to also have a life-long relationship with the law school.

At USF, we have a continuing commitment to our alumni and greatly value their involvement in the life of the law school. We are proud of the active participation of so many alumni as financial contributors, advisors to the dean and faculty, and as mentors to current students. In addition, we are privileged to have the support of philanthropists and many prominent members of the legal community who, although they did not attend the law school, embrace our mission and value our local and global initiatives.

The USF School of Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations is led by Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating; Associate Director Erica Levison; Associate Director Caroline Knowles; and Program Assistant Erin Flannery.

Frederick J. Kenney '91, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Coast Guard

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As Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Coast Guard, Rear Adm. Frederick J. Kenney Jr. ’91 has a diverse set of practice areas to oversee. In addition to handling the standard legal areas of any military branch, the Coast Guard’s attorneys also act as legal counsel for the branch’s extensive regulatory and law enforcement functions, which includes everything from regulating the shipping industry to enforcing drug trafficking laws. “On any given day, people used to ask me what kind of law I practice,” said Rear Adm. Kenney. “I would say, ‘It depends on what my next phone call is.’” Appointed in January 2011 as the U.S. Coast Guard’s No. 1 attorney, Rear Adm. Frederick J. Kenney ‘91 oversees the delivery of all legal services in support of the Coast Guard’s worldwide missions, its units, and 50,000 personnel. He likens it to being the senior partner of a law firm; in Rear Adm. Kenney’s case, the “firm” includes 184 military attorneys, 92 civilian attorneys, and 87 legal support personnel. He also is the Coast Guard’s chief counsel, serving as the branch’s primary contact for legal advice for the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Homeland Security.

Rear Adm. Kenney, who joined the Coast Guard in 1981 shortly after graduating from college, attended the USF School of Law while stationed in the Bay Area. “The thing that was most impressive to me about USF was the personal attention I got from the professors,” said Rear Adm. Kenney, who served as editor-in-chief of the Maritime Law Journal. “They took the time to sit down with you and talk about where you’re going. I really liked the way that they brought the teaching of law to a practical level. You really had to think about how you would apply things in the real world and that has helped me in my practice ever since.”

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