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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Sep. 8, 202005:10 AM EST

The Marbut Report: HBCU scholarship launched, vacancy on state commission

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Scholarship recipients will be recognized as John Lewis Scholars at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The University of Florida Levin College of Law has launched a scholarship program for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities seeking to enter the legal profession.

The program will award full-tuition scholarships to at least five HBCU graduates enrolling at UF Law every year, according to a news release from The Florida Bar.

UF Law established the endowed scholarship with lead gifts totaling more than $1.1 million, including an initial gift from Yolanda Cash Jackson. 

A $1 million gift was made by longtime UF Law supporter Hugh Culverhouse, who said he was moved to make the gift after the recent death of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized as John Lewis Scholars and will interact with UF Law’s Black alumni network throughout the nation.

The law school will begin a campaign to match the Culverhouse gift and grow the fund to at least $2 million before 2022.

For more information on how to make a gift to the HBCU Pathway to Law Endowed Scholarship, call (352) 273-0640 or email [email protected].

Prospective students seeking information about scholarship opportunities should contact the UF Law Admissions Office at (352) 273-0890 or by emailing [email protected].

Vacancy on Judicial Qualifications Commission

There is a vacancy for one attorney to serve a six-year term on the state Judicial Qualifications Commission beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and expiring Dec. 31, 2026.

The 15-member commission is authorized under Article V, Section 12, Florida Constitution, to investigate complaints against judges whose conduct demonstrates a present unfitness to hold office and recommends disciplinary action to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers interested in applying for the vacancy should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757 to obtain the application form. 

Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

The board of governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

 

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