Wednesday, September 30, 2009

[118] Oct. 5 Special Honors Lecture features Reality TV's 'Judge Alex'

Release date: Sept. 30, 2009

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Oct. 5 Special Honors Lecture features Reality TV’s ‘Judge Alex’

(MURFREESBORO) — MTSU pre-law students and others will be in for a special treat when television personality “Judge Alex,” the Hon. Alex Ferrer, will appear for a University Honors College lecture.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building amphitheatre, Room 106.
“The speech will be open to everyone, but we are especially pitching this to our pre-law students,” Honors College Dean John Vile said recently.
“Judge Alex is a great example of a Latino immigrant who has used the law both to elevate himself and to educate others to the value of law,” Vile added. “He has a nationally syndicated television program, and hopes to speak to our students about his own career path and what it has taught him.”
Ferrer’s appearance is not part of the weekly Honors Lecture Series.
“Judge Alex” airs back-to-back from 2 until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WUXP Channel 30.
Ferrer, a former police officer, lawyer and Florida judge, hosts and arbitrates a syndicated courtroom reality TV show that concluded its fifth season in June. He was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1961, but immigrated to the U.S. with his family a year later.
A member of the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar Association, Ferrer also has taught as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.
He has been an associate administrative judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, an appellate judge in the Miami-Dade County Court and served as a district representative to the executive committee of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges.
Ferrer earned his law degree from the University of Miami, where he became a published member of its Law Review and serves as judicial director of the university’s alumni association.
At 19, he became one of the state of Florida’s youngest police officers, then left the Coral Gables police force at 24 to study law.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.

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