first_img June 15, 2003 Regular News FSU honors Charlie Crist FSU honors Charlie Cristcenter_img At a recent reception in his honor, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist urged Florida State law students not to forget the positive impact law can make in people’s lives.“Too often, I think, lawyers forget what a powerful force for good the law can be,”Crist said. “It is that possibility that makes my job so rewarding.”According to Dean Don Weidner, the law school hosted the reception to recognize and thank Crist and the Attorney General’s Office for providing funding for scholarships for FSU law students and for continued support of the Richard Ervin Eminent Scholar chair. Established in 1998, the Ervin chair is occupied by the Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise, who, in addition to his duties at the Attorney General’s Office, serves as a visiting faculty member at the law school. Crist appointed Kise, a 1990 FSU law graduate, to the solicitor general post following the November election.Crist recently directed $570,000 in corporate fines collected by the Attorney General’s Office to the college of law. Most of the money goes to the Attorney General Scholarship Endowment, which provides support to financially disadvantaged law students. The rest of the money went to the Richard Ervin Eminent Scholar Chair.In addition to the endowments, Weidner said the relationship with the Attorney General’s Office brings other benefits to the law school.“We are able to expand our externship placement in that office as well as expand part-time employment for second- and third-year students. It also expands the number of permanent employment opportunities open to our graduates.”According to Weidner, the law school hopes to reciprocate the attorney general’s support.“The law school faculty will be available to assist the Attorney General’s Office by offering its expertise through continuing education programs and consultation,” he said. “I am very excited about this relationship and think it will prove to be valuable to both the law school and the Attorney General’s Office.”last_img

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