Maritime LL.M. Alum Keith C. Wold’s Gift Brings Sea Change

Picture of Keith Wold, LL.M. '17, Dean Anthony  E. Varona & Jennifer Heller Wold

Keith Wold, LL.M. '17, Dean Anthony  E. Varona & Jennifer Heller Wold

Boca Raton attorney and graduate of the Miami Law LL.M. program in maritime law, Keith Wold, LL.M. ‘17, demonstrated his commitment to the Law School’s program by establishing the Keith C. Wold Maritime Law LL.M. Program Teaching Fund, which allows Miami Law to bring in the most renowned experts in the fields of international law and law of the sea.

Wold’s concern with the environment and water has long and deep roots. He is a founding member of the Broward County Environmental Coalition and the Tampa Bay Environmental Coalition. He was also recently appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Government Efficiency Task Force in 2019. The working group is charged with developing recommendations for improving governmental operations and reducing costs. In this role, Wold is advocating for reform of the 1972 water management law, an issue close to his heart.

The inaugural Keith C. Wold Distinguished Lecture in International and Maritime Law took place on February 24th and featured international and humanitarian law expert, Claudio Grossman, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. Dean Grossman delivered important remarks on “The Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean: The Decision of the International Court of Justice in the case between Bolivia and Chile.”

Wold’s wish and intent is to complement Miami Law’s existing instructional and scholarly strengths in Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, and International Law. His gift will support Miami Law in providing the highest level of programming for students who seek to make significant contributions to legal thought and practice in these fields.

"Keith Wold’s generous gift permits us to take the next step in building and diversifying our maritime law program, and better prepare our students for a rewarding career in domestic and international admiralty and maritime practice," said Bernard Oxman, Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Law School's Master of Laws Program in Maritime Law. 

“It is because of Keith’s vision for our maritime and international law program,” Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law Anthony E. Varona said at the lecture, “that we are now able to host internationally renowned scholars like Dean Emeritus Grossman." 

Watch the lecture here.