The University of Florida Levin College of Law has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Richard P. Cole (JD '74) to endow a program in health law.
The largest individual gift in UF Law's history will support teaching, scholarship, and advocacy through an endowment for a chair and a professorship in health law; a Health Law area of concentration in the JD curriculum; merit scholarships for incoming students interested in the study of health law; and an annual symposium that will bring together members of the legal and medical communities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, faculty, and law students to explore contemporary health law issues.
The gift continues the legacy of the Robert B. Cole Health Law Endowment — named in honor of Cole's late father, who graduated from UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1932 and UF Law in 1935 and served as the founding chair of Baptist Health of South Florida — which was created in 1995 to support teaching, programs, research, and publications in the area of health law. Richard Cole is managing partner of Cole, Scott & Kissane in Miami.
"Richard's incredible generosity will enable UF Law to assume a leadership role in Health Law," said Laura Rosenbury, dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law at UF. "With Richard's support, we will build upon our existing faculty strengths and better leverage the many opportunities within a major research institution in the third largest state of the nation."