Lewis Schott (LLB 46) of Palm Beach, Fla., donated $600,000 to the university in early 2007 to establish the Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture Series. Schott’s gift for the permanent lecture series at the college was eligible for matching funds from the state of Florida’s Major Gifts Trust
Fund, which increased the speaker series endowment to more than $1 million.
“The goal of the speaker series is to host prestigious national and international speakers every year on topics of particular interest to law students,” said Robert Jerry, dean and Levin Mabie and Levin Professor of Law.
“The outstanding leadership Marshall Criser has shown throughout his career provides an example for the aspirations we want our students to hold,” said Jerry. “In honoring Marshall with the named lecture series, Lewis Schott has again enhanced the law school in a way that will enrich the academic experience of our students.”
Schott is a longtime contributor to UF. Law students, faculty, and staff are well familiar with the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard at the Levin College of Law. As a result of an earlier gift from Schott, this courtyard is named in honor of his late wife, who also earned her law degree from UF in 1946.