George R. "Bob" Dekle, Sr., retired from his position as a legal skills professor at the Levin College of Law, University of Florida, effective June 30, 2016. Dekle became a legal skills professor at the University of Florida in 2006, after retiring from the State Attorney's Office of the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1975 through 2005. During that time he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, from criminal mischief to capital murder. In 1986 he received the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's Gene Barry Memorial Award as the outstanding assistant state attorney in the state. In 1996 and 2003 he received distinguished faculty awards from the association's education committee, and upon his retirement in 2005, he was given a lifetime achievement award for his efforts in continuing education for prosecutors. Professor Dekle has served as faculty at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and has lectured to prosecutor's associations across the nation. Before becoming a prosecutor, Professor Dekle served from 1973 to 1975 as an Assistant Public Defender in the Third Judicial Circuit. Dekle’s books reflect his deep interest in both trial advocacy and legal history.
Dekle is currently working on a professional biography of Francis L. Wellman, an Assistant District Attorney in New York City during the Gilded Age. The book will tell the story of his career by giving an account of as many of his murder trials as will fit between the covers of a book. Wellman is reputed to have tried more First Degree Murder cases than any previous prosecutor in New York, and some of his prosecutions are worthy of a book in themselves. After completing his current book, Dekle's long range plan is to write books on the individual stories of two of his murder prosecutions and two murder cases he defended after leaving the District Attorney's Office.