Tragedy has stuck at our ranks today as we learned of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Ken Feldman. He died as a result of a gunshot wound that may have been self inflicted.
We have received lots of comments and private emails from the lawyers in the Keys at the Federal PD Conference. There is a lot going on, much of it humorous. However, this is not the time for humor.
We remember our friend and colleague and we mourn his passing.
And we received this email from Dean Garcia at St. Thomas Law School, forwarded to us by someone who wanted to remain anonymous:
It is with deep regret that I must convey the sad news that Professor Kenneth N. Feldman passed away late last night. Professor Feldman will be remembered as a man who embodied the mission of the law school and who was loved by the students, faculty, and staff. He was profoundly committed to the spirit of service and dedication to others.
As Director of Pro Bono Services for the law school, he helped students understand and respond to the needs of underprivileged persons. He spent many hours helping students contribute to a wide range of community-based public organizations. He lived his convictions, spending many hours building homes with Habitat for Humanity and assisting shelters such as Women in Distress- eventually being honored with the Miami-Dade County Pro Bono Award for assisting victims of Domestic Violence.
As an attorney, he was a respected criminal litigator and served as chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit (Dade County).
As an adjunct professor here, he taught Trial Advocacy Practice and Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation for over a decade.
Please keep Professor Feldman in your thoughts and prayers. Once final arrangements are made by Professor Feldman’s family, I will notify the STU community.
Professor Feldman will be remembered in prayers at tonight’s Baccalaureate Mass. In addition, at tomorrow’s graduation ceremony we will remember Professor Feldman through an award to a student who exemplified the mission of pro bono service instilled by Professor Feldman. James Karrat will receive an award for contributing over 450 hours of pro bono community service while he was a student at our law
May Ken Feldman, my good friend and colleague, Rest in Peace.
Dean and Professor of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law