Miami Law alumnus Alex Ferrer, who hosts the nationally syndicated courtroom show Judge Alex, will share his experiences as a student at Miami Law, his post-graduation years, and his transition into the entertainment industry on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge.
His visit is being presented by the Law Alumni and Development Office, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the Hispanic Law Students Association.
Ferrer was born in Havana and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a year old. At 19, Ferrer joined the Coral Gables Police Department as an officer, one of the youngest in Florida. He sold diamonds on the side. At 24, he left the police to study at Miami Law, where he became a member of the Law Review before graduating in 1986. In 1995, at the age of 34, he was elected judge, making him the youngest Circuit Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, where he was a Family and Criminal division judge for ten years. A licensed pilot, he also is a sculptor, scuba diver and golf player, and runs marathons.
In an interview last year on workingradio.com, Ferrer – who was voted the most trustworthy face in daytime television in 2008, and onto People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive list that same year – laughed when asked about his fame and its effect on his wife, Jane. "I did get named the most trustworthy daytime television host and also the second-most trustworthy of all the celebrities," he said. "I mean I beat out some pretty big names there. I was really impressed. I brought that message home to my wife, thinking that the most trustworthy label would go miles and miles in a marriage, and no, she wasn't impressed at all. But, like, a month later, for some unknown reason, I made it into People's Sexiest Man edition, and she was bouncing off the walls."
He also recalled going to law school full-time while working as a police officer. "I would go to law school in the daytime, from like 8 in the morning to about 4 and then I'd put on my uniform and I'd patrol from like 4:30 to 12:30," he said. "But you know, in police work, if you arrest somebody at the end of the shift you're stuck there until 2 in the morning doing paperwork and transporting them and all that stuff. So, very often I wouldn't get home until like 3 a.m. and then be back in class for like 8."
Miami Law alumnus Alex Ferrer, JD '86. (Photo: Provided to Miami Law)