GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The memory of the late Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Raymond Ehrlich will live on in the form of a new eminent scholar chair at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
Ehrlich, a UF law alumnus who died in July, made provisions in his estate to establish an eminent scholar chair in the law school and another in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The positions were established in the name of Justice Ehrlich and his late wife, Mary, in honor of Ehrlich’s parents, Ben and Esther Ehrlich.
“Justice Ehrlich was a giant in the legal profession,” said Dean Robert Jerry. “His wisdom and thoughts will be impossible to replicate, but his commitment to professionalism will resonate with our students for generations to come. Our alumni and all those who practiced law with Justice Ehrlich throughout his career know that this expression of care for future students is how he wanted to be remembered.”
A 1942 graduate of the law school, Ehrlich practiced law in the Jacksonville area for 35 years before being nominated to the Florida Supreme Court. He served there for ten years, including two years as chief justice. Ehrlich was appointed special counsel to Sen. Bob Graham in 1991, and received the Florida Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor Award in 1993 for outstanding contributions to the administration of justice. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Levin College of Law’s Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society, the highest honor the law school bestows upon its graduates.
The law chair will support a faculty position in U.S. Constitutional Law.
“Justice Ehrlich was truly a visionary for higher education in realizing the importance of supporting the faculty,” said UF President Bernie Machen. “We are honored to have the legacy of such a distinguished alumnus and jurist represented this way.”
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