by Monica Chamness
The cap and mortar board is tossed and the graduate makes his way into the workaday world, never looking back. Such is not the case with Wayne Hogan, a Florida State University College of Law alumnus and attorney with Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma & Yegelwel.
Recognized at the Jacksonville Bar Association’s monthly meeting last week at the Omni, Hogan was presented the distinguished alumnus award by FSU Dean Donald Weidner.
“It’s important for a law school to encourage their alumni to be consistently involved in the school’s goals,” said Hogan, who was honored for his ongoing involvement with the university.
As president of the College of Law’s alumni association, Hogan has actively participated in its mock trial program and contributed to its scholarship fund.
A Jacksonville native, Hogan’s decision to attend FSU was based in part on the outcome of the 1966 football game between the University of Florida and FSU, when FSU’s Lane Fenner caught what appeared to be the winning touchdown, but was ruled out of bounds.
“I debated all night with my friends that the team had been mistreated,” said Hogan. “I figured they [FSU] were the underdog and that’s where I wanted to be. It goes along with my practice — I represent the injured. It’s important to take the side of the underdog.”