Students benefit from dean’s going-away present

A lot of the work of being a dean is to raise money in support of legal education. So members of an alumni group thought a fitting going away present for Dean Robert Jerry and his wife Lisa would be a student scholarship in their honor. Jerry steps down in July after 11 years on the job.

The UF Law Center Association, an alumni group that supports the college of law with time and money, created the scholarship fund. Money from interest generated by the endowed scholarship will be used as financial support to UF Law students.

Thanks to the esteem and affection in which alumni hold the dean, raising money for the scholarship fund “was the easiest thing in the world,” Law Center Association Vice Chair Oscar Sanchez said.

Sanchez said 100 percent of the LCA active members contributed to the scholarship fund and 42 percent of the group’s emeritus members gave. As of April, $227,000 had been raised for the fund.

The wider UF Law community is now invited to give. To donate, call the foundation’s secure credit card line at 877-351-2377 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), make a credit card gift online, or mail a check payable to UF Foundation to: Lauren Wilcox, UF Law Development & Alumni Affairs, P.O. Box 117623, Gainesville, FL 32611-7620.