James Ian Newman was born in Coral Springs, Florida, but he has lived as far as Cheney, Washington. He is a first generation college student and a proud Double Gator. He graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with bachelor’s degrees in history and political science in addition to minors in business administration and communication studies.
James was also heavily involved in extracurricular organizations during his undergraduate career. He served on the Executive Board of his fraternity for all four years, including two terms as President. He was recognized as the University of Florida’s Chapter President of the Year in 2012, the same year that his fraternity received the IFC Chapter of the Year Award and he also was awarded with the Dr. Michael Bowie Greek Involvement Person of the Year Award. James also served as the Chapter Advisor to his fraternity after graduating.
Apart from his involvement within his own fraternity, James also coordinated all of the university’s Greek recruitment events as an Executive Board member of the University of Florida’s Greek Ambassador Program and, most notably, as the Vice-President of the Interfraternity Council. He is a proud member of the spring 2012 Tapping Class of Florida Blue Key and a graduate from UF’s Hume Honors College.
After graduating, James spent some of his summer traveling through Costa Rica before beginning law school at the University of Florida. Following his 1L year, he continued his commitment to the university by working at the University of Florida’s Student Legal Services.
During his 2L year, James spends the majority of his time outside of the classroom prepping with the Florida Trial Team and planning events as the Vice-President of Social of the John Marshall Bar Association. After law school, James plans to practice litigation, and will be working with a litigation firm in South Florida during the summer of his 2L year.
In his free time, James enjoys gains, whiskey tastings, and long walks on the beach.