John Hogan, J.D. '77, was a universally respected lawyer, whose career included service at the highest levels of the public and private sector. Hogan was the chief assistant prosecutor for Miami-Dade County, served at senior levels of the Department of Justice, and led the litigation section of Holland & Knight. He selflessly devoted his time and effort to serving clients, mentoring young lawyers, leading public and private organizations, and helping the underprivileged. All who knew him benefited from his advice and counsel, always delivered in an unassuming, pragmatic way.
It is not surprising that Holland & Knight is honoring his legacy by establishing the John M. Hogan Endowed Fund for Public Interest Litigation at the University of Miami School of Law following his unexpected death in July.
“John was revered by his colleagues because of his commitment to the firm, our clients, our communities, and our profession,” said Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight, explaining why the firm was establishing the Endowed Fund. “We can think of no better way to honor him than to encourage young lawyers to follow in his footsteps by giving back to the profession and to the community.”
Hogan maintained an enduring connection with his alma mater as a donor and as a volunteer. He served on the School of Law’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and its National Advisory Council. In 2016, the Law Alumni Association awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding work in both public service and private practice.
The John Hogan Scholars will serve as certified legal interns in the offices of Legal Services of Greater Miami and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office. Through this service, the recipients will serve the public and the community. Future generations will learn of Hogan’s contributions and accomplishments and be inspired by his exemplary legacy as an alumnus and lawyer.