Students benefit from dean’s going-away present

Published: April 14th, 2014

Category: News


Dean Robert Jerry, left, and wife Lisa accepted a framed photo Saturday of the UF Levin College of Law commemorating the Bob and Lisa Jerry Scholarship Fund. Law Center Association member Oscar Sanchez (JD 82), right, and LCA chairman Michael Minton (JD 81, LLMT 82) present the photo. (Photo by Elise Giordano)

Much of the work of being a law school 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 names. Jerry steps down July 15 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 Bob and Lisa Jerry Scholarship Fund. Money from interest generated by the endowed scholarship will be used as financial support to UF Law students. Faculty, staff and other members of the UF Law community also have contributed to the fund.

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,” LCA member Oscar Sanchez (JD 82) 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 last week, $227,000 had been raised for the scholarship fund.

“One of the law school’s top funding priorities is scholarships,” said Lauren Wilcox, senior director of development and alumni affairs, “So it’s fitting to honor Dean Jerry and Lisa with something they are passionate about. They will both be greatly missed by our alumni.”

The wider UF Law community is now invited to give. To donate, call the foundation’s secure credit card line at 877-351-2377 (mention the Bob & Jerry Scholarship F018445) Monday through Friday (8 am – 4:30 pm), 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.