Jay graduated first in his class from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in May 2015. During his time at Cumberland, Jay served as a Junior Editor and then eventually Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Jay was also active in Cumberland’s moot court program. Jay was a member of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Executive Board, serving as an Associate Justice and then eventually the Chief Justice. Jay was also a member of Cumberland’s National Moot Court team, travelling to Seattle and Boston to compete in the ABA’s prestigious National Appellate Advocacy Competition his second and third years of law school. Jay also extensively studied trial litigation, taking advanced classes in trial advocacy and evidence. Following his second year of law school, Jay was admitted to practice as a student, and he has tried cases in district and circuit courts. Additionally, Jay received several Scholar of Merit awards for academic excellence in multiple classes, along with the M. Alan Stephens Award and the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award.