Two South Florida UF Law Graduates Elected to Lead Alumni Support Organizations

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– Two South Florida attorneys have been named to head the alumni support organizations for the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Michael J. McNerney of Brinkley McNerney Morgan Solomon & Tatum, Fort Lauderdale, was elected chairman of the Law Center Association, Inc., Board of Trustees, and Oscar Sanchez, with Akerman Senterfitt of Miami, was elected president of the College of Law Alumni Council.

McNerney, a 1973 law school graduate, will serve a two-year term as head of the LCA, formed in 1960 as the volunteer administrative organization which assists in the budgeting process and is responsible for major funding campaigns. Sanchez, a 1982 graduate, heads a council of more than 200 alumni organized in 1983 that assists with raising private funds to hep cover expenses not met through state support, tuition and endowment income.

Serving with Sanchez as council officers are two Tampa attorneys, president-elect George Vaka ‘83 of Vaka Larson & Johnson and secretary Tim Cerio ‘95 of Gray Harris & Robinson, and immediate-past president Kenneth Johnson ‘81 of Goodlette Coleman & Johnson in Naples.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the dedicated leadership and loyalty of these alumni as well as the participation of thousands of our graduates throughout the U.S. and world,” Dean Robert Jerry said. “In our drive to become one of the top 10 public law schools, it is essential we have the private financial support necessary to succeed.”

Jerry noted the current $22-plus million facilities expansion at the law school was made possible by the combined efforts of the two support organizations, “as was our hiring of 12 outstanding new faculty members the past year and our ability to continue to fund student and faculty programs, scholarships and activities.”

Published: October 20th, 2003

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