Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Miami's Tony Varona Is Fifth Law School Dean To Give At Least $100,000 To Students

A Look Back One Year After Becoming Dean, Tony Varona Navigates Miami Law Onward and Upward:

VaronaWhen Miami Law welcomed Anthony Eudelio Varona to lead the law school in 2019, he said he applied a lesson from early in life. “As a kid I learned to swim by jumping into the deep end as soon as I could,” he said. “That’s exactly what I did to prepare for a successful start to my deanship here.” Little could he have imagined the foreshadowing of his remark.

No one could have expected the world―and traditional legal education―would be irrevocably changed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Early on, his conviction in Miami Law’s fortitude was displayed when he was one of the first law deans to make a major gift to the law school they lead. With his husband John Gill, Varona pledged $100,000 to support student scholarships and the school’s greatest needs, and announced it at his chair investiture [on December 9, 2019]."

“John and I felt so strongly about the future and promise of Miami Law that we decided, early in my deanship, to make this initial gift,” Varona said. “And, in light of the effects of COVID-19 on our students in particular, we accelerated our payments so that the funds could be put to immediate use.”

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink