Gift of $1 million will complete second floor of advocacy center

A $1 million gift will fund the construction of classrooms, offices and meeting spaces on the second floor of the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

A $1 million gift will fund the construction of classrooms, offices and meeting spaces on the second floor of the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

A $1 million gift will complete the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law’s Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center and bring the total of Levin family gifts to the law school to nearly $30 million, including state matching funds. The gift from Teri Levin, Fredric G. Levin’s sister-in-law, honors her late husband, Allen Richard Levin, and will fund the construction of classrooms, offices and meeting spaces on the second floor of the center.

Allen R. Levin, a University of Florida graduate and a well-known property developer and philanthropist in Pensacola, died in January 2007 at the age of 62. A proud family man, he was widely respected for his vision regarding development and beautification of the Gulf Coast area.

“Allen was a humble man and a great leader who loved all of his brothers and was particularly close to his nephew, Martin H. Levin, a UF Law graduate and namesake of the new advocacy center,” Teri Levin said. “We thought naming the mezzanine level of the new advocacy center would be a fi tting tribute to Allen and a way to keep his memory and legacy alive.”

Fredric G. Levin (JD 61), a prominent Pensacola attorney and UF Law alumnus and the college’s namesake, donated $2 million dollars as the lead gift to build the advocacy center, named for his son, Martin H. Levin (JD 88), who graduated first in his class at UF Law.

The first phase of construction on the 20,000 square-foot Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center was completed in time to host the October 2009 oral arguments for the First District Court of Appeal. The facility houses a fully functional trial and appellate courtroom with a 100-seat gallery, bench for seven judges, jury box and attorney’s tables. The main floor also includes judge’s chambers and a deliberation room. Construction on the second fl oor is set to begin in fall 2010, with completion expected
in spring 2011.

“I feel really good about this donation because I know it would have made Allen
very happy to have his name on the building with his brother Fred and nephew Martin,”
Teri Levin said. “This is a great tribute to a great man.”