Jeffrey H. Kay, a 1969 graduate of the UT College of Law and a former assistant United States attorney, will share lessons learned during a career of more than 40 years prosecuting white-collar crime on Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.The free, public talk titled “How a Lawyer Earns a ‘Go Directly to Jail’ Card” is a part of the College of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series.
As an assistant United States attorney in New York and then in Florida, Kay built a celebrated career prosecuting white-collar crime, including mortgage, tax and government contracting fraud. His investigations took him around the globe — and regularly implicated dishonest lawyers.
During his lecture, Kay will point out the ethical pitfalls that await new attorneys and identify the mistakes of lawyers he prosecuted during his career.
“Aside from being able to describe a distinguished career, our alumnus Jeffrey Kay brings a prosecutor’s perspective on how and why some lawyers deviate from their legal and ethical duties,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law.
In 2007, Kay was appointed chief of the Economic Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorneys’ Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also spent stints with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in private practice, and as an instructor on mortgage fraud at the U.S. Department of Justice National Advocacy Center.
He has received several awards for his work on major fraud and corruption investigations, including the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators 1997 National Prosecutor of the Year Award.