On the bench: Judge of the 4th Circuit Gil Feltel | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record
What made you decide to become a lawyer?
I am not sure I would qualify this choice as an “inspirational” product. I liked the topic and found it difficult, which made me think I might be successful as a lawyer.
Who inspires you?
I have thought a lot about the impact of COVID-19 on the outlook. Everyone was affected, some much more than others. As the pandemic has ebbed and increased, I find myself admiring the people who look to the future with confidence and hope and expect a brighter future.
How do you relate your undergraduate degree to your practice on the bench?
Political science examines our system of government under the Constitution. My actions as a judge are circumscribed by the Constitution and the laws which follow from it. So one is about how laws are made and the other is about law enforcement.
What community service did you pursue and why?
At various times, I have served as 4th Circuit Judicial Appointments Board commissioner, Florida Bar Grievance Committee member, youth baseball coach, youth church volunteer, Bible studies officer, and missionary. short term. I have also participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and served with the Salvation Army in various capacities. For everyone, I thought the cause was worth it and I appreciated the people I worked with.
Are you currently part of a JBA committee?
I am a member of the Judicial Relations Commission. During the past years, I have chaired this committee and I have also been chairman of the Practicing with Professionalism section.
What is your favorite book?
The Bible, although if I’m honest I often only read a collection of psalms and proverbs. For historical fiction, Patrick Smith’s “A Land Remembered” is hard to beat.
Do you have special talents?
I love to hunt and have received great reviews on some of the wild game dishes I cook.
If you weren’t a judge, what do you think you would be?
Something entrepreneurial. As a lawyer I have worked in a variety of interesting industries, but I think I would like to try and build something from scratch.
Have you traveled to an exotic place?
Short missionary trips to Eleuthera, India and the Philippines.
If you could meet someone from history, who would it be and why?
Abraham Lincoln. I have read a number of biographies and see it as the quintessential American history.
What’s your favorite dish?
Any barbecue, with a preference for North Carolina style. If you haven’t tried Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro or Woodlands in Blowing Rock, you should.
What are your favorite vacations?
Easter for the subject, Thanksgiving for the food.