Dean Patrick honored by scholarship

Published: October 27th, 2008

Category: Feature, News

Michael Patrick

Assistant Dean Michael Patrick shakes hands with former UF law student Frank Goldstein during the Mike Patrick Scholarship presentation on Oct. 24. (UF Law/Chen Wang)

Assistant Dean of Admissions Michael Patrick was honored Friday with a scholarship endowed in his name.

“The ceremony was very pleasant and very nice,” Patrick said. “Even though it was a day that law school wasn’t in session, there was a large group of faculty there.”

Frank Goldstein of The Goldstein Law Group will donate $40,000 towards scholarships for University of Florida Levin College of Law students in Patrick’s name. The fund will be known as The Goldstein Law Group Endowment in Honor of University of Florida College of Law Dean Michael Patrick.

“Considering scholarships most generally get endowed in people’s names after they are well away from the university or passed away, it’s pretty unique and quite an honor for someone who is still in the position that they are honored for,” Patrick said.

Patrick came to the UF College of Law in 1980 as an assistant registrar. In 1982, he was named assistant dean for admissions and financial aid before becoming the assistant dean for admissions in 1993.

Patrick was part of the admissions office that admitted Goldstein to UF Law.

“When I applied to UF’s College of Law I was an imperfect candidate who had to put himself through law school, but Dean Patrick saw someone with potential and took a chance on me,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein and Patrick were honored in a ceremony Friday in the Rare Book Room. Goldstein graduated from UF with a Bachelor of Science in economics in 1990. In 1993, he earned his Juris Doctorate from UF Law.

He now practices in South Florida where he established the Goldstein Law Group. He focuses on the civil prosecution of insurance fraud claims and the defense of insurance and corporate related matters.

The scholarship recipient is to be chosen by the Dean and/or law school financial aid/scholarship committee. Minimum criteria for applicant is: Third-year law student, LSAT score of 159 or higher, has financial need and completes a 100 word essay on why he/she is deserving of the scholarship.

Goldstein said the scholarship would be a good way to give back to the school he owes his success to.

“This scholarship should benefit a well deserving student with a strong work ethic,” Goldstein said. “I want to take the chance on today’s youth just like Dean Patrick took a chance on me.”