Congratulations to Tanner Stiehl '07 who will graduate from the University of Miami Law School on May 12, 2021! Since leaving Providence, Tanner earned his Bachelor's from Florida State, a Master's from the University of Florida, and will graduate with a Juris Doctorate and LL.M. in maritime law. Upon graduation, Stiehl will return to active duty in the Coast Guard where he will be working as a staff attorney for the Seventh District Legal Office in Brickell. While this office is located in Miami, it services most Coast Guard operations throughout much of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the greater Caribbean.
Tanner stated, “The idea that I could complete all of the required credits for my J.D. and get the LL.M. in maritime law within the Coast Guard’s three-year requirement almost seemed too good to be true. The academics were frequently stressful and rigorous, but again nothing was actually ever burning,” he said. “In my time at UM, I came across some of the greatest people I have ever known. Professors, staff, and students, everyone was always incredibly helpful and welcoming.”
We are so happy for you Tanner! Congratulations!!
Check out the below taken from a Miami Law News Article:
"The great-great-grandson and great-grandson of Miami Law’s first two deans has walked the hallowed halls of the law school as a student for the past three years and is set to accept his J.D. and LL.M. in maritime law in May’s commencement ceremony.
Upon graduation, Stiehl will return to active duty in the Coast Guard where he will be working as a staff attorney for the Seventh District Legal Office in Brickell. While this office is located in Miami, it services most Coast Guard operations throughout much of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the greater Caribbean.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native, however, has followed a far different path than his ancestral deans. While chasing his bachelor’s in media communication studies in 2011 from Florida State University, he joined the United States Coast Guard.
After graduating from FSU and Officer Candidate School, he was attached to U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans where he served as a public affairs officer among other roles. Shortly after taking over as Public Affairs Officer, a major oil spill off the Louisiana coast was his baptism-by-fire moment.
“I was writing press releases that were being read on Fox News and CNN. I even had an interview played on NPR,” Stiehl said. “It really helped keep things in perspective during my stressful 1L year at UM, as bad as things got, nothing was ever actually burning.”
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