Phyllis Diane Kotey
Director of Externship and Pro Bono Program
Clinical Professor of Law
B.A., University of Florida
J.D., University of Florida College of Law
M.A., (Public Administration), University of Florida
Phyllis Diane Kotey comes to the FIU College of Law with a distinguished record of service to the bench and bar in Florida. From 1996 to 2004, she served as Judge, Alachua County, in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida. While on the bench, Judge Kotey served for four years as Associate Dean of the Florida Judicial College and lectured widely at numerous judicial conferences and legal education programs, including the National Judicial College. From 1985 to 1996, she was an attorney in the State Attorney’s Office, Eighth Judicial Circuit, where she attained the position of Chief of the County Court Division. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Judge Kotey has devoted much of her career to professional service on bar committees, law reform commissions and legal education. To name only a few examples, she has been a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Commission, including terms as vice chair and chair; the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of the Florida Bar; the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Committee of the Florida Bar; the Advisory Committee for the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and State Court Judges; and the National Consortium of Task Forces on Bias and Fairness in the Courts. Judge Kotey served for 14 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Law, teaching trial practice and coaching trial competition teams. She earned her B.A., J.D. and M.A. (Public Administration) degrees at the University of Florida . She will oversee and teach in the Criminal Law Clinic.