On Sunday, May 18, the School of Law will hold its annual hooding ceremony at 12:30 pm in Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri campus. This year’s guest speaker will be Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Tjoflat is the longest-serving active federal court of appeals judge in the United States. He earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law, after which he practiced law in Florida and served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Jacksonville. Judge Tjoflat was also nominated by President Richard Nixon to serve on the United District Court for the Middle District of Florida and by President Gerald Ford to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Subsequently, he was reassigned to his present position on the Eleventh Circuit.
Tickets are not required for this event and there is no limitation on the number of guests that may attend. The Mizzou Law Class of 2014 will gather at Room 7, Hulston Hall, at 11 am to walk to the hooding ceremony and the doors of Jesse Hall will open at 12 pm for guests. Parking is available in Turner Parking Garage and in Conley Parking Garage, both of which are conveniently located to both Hulston Hall and Jesse Hall.
Immediately following the hooding ceremony, the law school will host a reception for its newest alumni in the Hulston Hall’s East Courtyard.