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New Inn of Court named for Stetson Professor and Dean Emeritus Bruce Jacob


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Gulfport, Fla. – The Bruce R. Jacob Criminal Appellate Inn of Court was officially named on Oct. 18 for Stetson University College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Bruce Jacob.

Professor Bruce Jacob teaches and researches primarily in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law and administrative law at Stetson. He was vice president of Stetson University and dean of Stetson College of Law from 1981 through 1994, and dean of Mercer University Law School from 1978 to 1981.

“This came as a complete surprise and it is an incredible honor. I am very grateful to the members of the Inn,” said Jacob.

Jacob began his career in 1960 as an assistant attorney general for the state of Florida and represented the respondent in the Supreme Court’s Gideon v. Wainwright decision in 1963, involving an indigent criminal defendant’s right to counsel. He later was appointed by the Supreme Court to represent the petitioner in Kaufman v. United States, decided in 1969. He was professor and director of clinical programs at the Ohio State University College of Law from 1971 to 1978, representing and training law students to represent indigent defendants in criminal trials and appeals. He established a program at the Emory University Law School in 1965-1969 and co-founded a program at Harvard Law School in 1969 and 1970 to provide legal assistance to indigent prison inmates.

The Inn announced that it is the first of its kind, being composed primarily of students from an evening law program and specializing in appellate law. Other members include judges, professors, attorneys and recent graduates.

The Inn’s first meeting was this year on Sept. 20 at the Tampa Law Center.
The American Inns of Court, composed of judges, lawyers, law professors and law students, meet regularly to discuss ethics, skills and professionalism. The American Inns of Court Foundation was formally organized in 1985.