Wednesday, July 27, 2005

San Diego Law receives 1.75 million gift to create chair in elder law

The University of San Diego School of Law today announced a pledge commitment of $1.75 million from Susan S. and Jerry G. Gonick of San Diego to endow a chair in the field of elder law at the School James C. and Gale Krauseof Law. In recognition of their leadership and generosity, the law school will name the chair the Susan S. and Jerry G. Gonick Chair in Elder Law.

Susan Gonick, who was awarded her juris doctor degree from USD in 1986, is a member of the law school's Board of Visitors. Jerry Gonick received his master of laws in taxation from USD in 1984.

"We are very grateful to Susan and Jerry Gonick for this generous planned gift and for Susan Gonick's valued service on the law school's Board of Visitors," said Interim Dean Kevin Cole. "This chair will help us attract and retain distinguished teachers and scholars in an area that is increasing in importance not only to law students but also to a growing yet underserved part of the community."

"Seniors are the largest growing segment of the population," said Jerry Gonick. "Who is going to be protecting their rights? I see elder law as an area of growth and the wave of the future, and I want to help USD get to the forefront of it."

"We see a lot of elderly people living on fixed incomes — people who have worked hard and paid taxes all their lives — whose rights are not being protected," said Susan Gonick. "Many law schools don't offer courses in elder law. This can be an area in which USD shines."

Read more in the July 25 press release.

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