In 1999, Henry Leyte-Vidal was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court Bench. He was
elevated to the Circuit Court in 2001, and Governor Bush commended him “for his pro bono
work and for upholding justice for all our people.” Henry was recognized as an outstanding
jurist who served as an inspiration to his friends, family, and colleagues. Over the past two years,
he courageously battled cancer. Sadly, Henry passed away on Sunday, March 26th, 2006; he is
survived by his wife Iselda, and sons Alejandro, Daniel, and Enrique.
St. Thomas University School of Law was honored to have Judge Leyte-Vidal serve as a Trial
Advocacy Practice Professor. He selflessly dedicated his time to teaching and encouraging law
students to develop the skills necessary to be effective, professional and ethical trial attorneys.
In association with the Leyte-Vidal family, St. Thomas University School of Law has established
a permanent tribute honoring Judge Leyte-Vidal’s significant contributions to the law school and
the legal community at large. The Honorable Henry Leyte-Vidal Scholarship will be awarded to
academically qualified second or third year students, who have excelled throughout their law
school careers, and who have demonstrated financial need. Preference for this scholarship will
be given to students who have a genuine interest in litigation and trial work, and who have
demonstrated potential for making a substantial contribution to the legal profession.
It is my sincere hope that you will join with us and contribute to the Honorable
Henry Leyte-Vidal Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made either by mailing a check to:
St. Thomas University School of Law
Office of University Advancement
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
o On the memo line of the check please write: “Honorable Henry Leyte-Vidal Scholarship
or by making an online credit card contribution at:
then go to ‘make an on-line gift
now’, and insert into the campaign comments section ‘Judge Leyte-Vidal’.
The Honorable Henry Leyte-Vidal lived life to its fullest and we thank you for honoring this
distinguished gentleman who admirably served his family and community. If you have any
questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Professor Ken Feldman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 778-1776.
Dean Bob Butterworth Alejandro Leyte-Vidal