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Paul Huck sworn in as U.S. District Judge

BY DAVID STIEFEL


Paul C. Huck.

Paul C. Huck, a long time Coral Gables resident, is the newest U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of Florida.

He was sworn in recently by Chief Judge William Zloch during an informal ceremony in the Central Courtroom in the David W. Dyer Federal Building. Judge Huck selected that date because it was his wife Donna's birthday.

After his selection as one of three finalists named by the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida, Huck was interviewed by U.S. Senators Bob Graham and Connie Mack in February. Their bi-partisan support helped the newest federal judge be promptly nominated by President Bill Clinton and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate.

Huck graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1958 and went on to receive his undergraduate and law school degree from the University of Florida. He graduated with distinction from law school and had the highest Florida Bar exam score in 1965.

Huck brings many years of civil litigation experience to the bench. He began his legal career with Frates Fay Floyd and Pearson, a firm that also produced federal judges Peter T. Fay and Ursula Ungaro-Benages.

For the past seven years, Huck has been a senior litigator at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton PA. He had hired those three named partners when they graduated from law school when he was with the Mahoney Hadlow and Adams firm.

Former partner, John Kozyak commented, "Harley, Chuck and I were always fond of Paul and persuaded him to join us or 'come home' as we put it, to help train our younger associates and try some of our most difficult cases. Paul has been terrific here and will be sorely missed. He has the making to be a great judge."

Teaching young lawyers has been a special interest for Huck. He has been an adjunct professor in the University of Miami's Litigation Skills Program since 1984 and served as a mentor to several minority law school students. He and his partners at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton have established a scholarship for third year African American students who have excelled in commercial litigation studies at the University of Miami Law School. Huck also has enjoyed judging the students' court competitions over the years.

Huck has two children, Paul C. Huck Jr., a partner in the Kenny Nachwalter law firm, and Caroline Huck, college administrator at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.

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