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Evening Alumni Join to Create Evening Student Scholarship

Former evening students have come together to create an evening student scholarship program.  Led by Alumni Association President, Robert Scavone Jr. ’12, alumni I. Seth Denison ’10, Robert Foley ’10, Gunnar Mandrisch ’12, Pamela Pedlow ’06, Sanjeev Shah ’12, and Roberto Suarez ’11, will each donate $500.00 a year for five years.  The funds will provide scholarships for evening students who have at least 5 years of post-undergraduate work experience and remain employed while attending classes at FIU Law.

“When the group began discussing the scholarship, there was a consensus that many evening students deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments.  Evening graduates are among the most successful FIU Law alumni, and the evening program is an asset to the profession.  We hope what we are doing will inspire others to support FIU Law and its students,” said Scavone Jr.

“Our alumni are doing really well and are giving back,” said R. Alexander Acosta, Dean of the College of Law.  “This group of alumni–many only a year into their legal career–came to FIU Law as successful professionals, and I am proud that we were able to helped them advance their careers.”

About the donors:

I. Seth Denison is a Director for Thoroughbred Capital Partners, a private equity firm, as well as an associate at the law firm of Jorge L. Gurian, P.A.  Prior to law school and during law school, Denison served as a police officer in the town of Virginia Key Beach, Florida.  Denison is treasurer of the FIU Law Alumni Association.

Robert Foley is founder of Robert P. Foley, P.A., where he focuses his practice on assisting military veterans in appeals for benefits before the Veteran’s Administration.  Prior to law school, Foley spent several decades as a veterinarian and still owns Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital in Islamorada, Florida.

Gunnar Mandrisch is an associate at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., where he focuses his practice on construction law, land use law, environmental law, administrative law, and general business litigation.  Prior to practicing law, Mandrisch worked with one of South Florida’s premier general contractors, where he served as an Estimator, Project Engineer, and Project Manager.

Pamela Pedlow is founder of The Law Office of Pamela J. Pedlow, P.A., in Melbourne, Florida, where she practices family law, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and civil litigation.  Pedlow is a member of FIU Law’s inaugural class.

Sanjeev Shah is a regional director and principal with Lea+Elliott, Inc.—a transportation consultancy firm.  A registered engineer and member of the Florida Bar, he leads the firm in providing strategic advisory services to clients on large infrastructure and transit projects.  Shah has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the planning, programming, design, procurement structuring, contracting, and program management of automated guideway and rail transit systems.

Roberto Suarez is the founder of The Law Office of Roberto M. Suarez, PL, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property law.  Suarez is a U.S registered patent attorney with more than 15 years of engineering experience.  An inventor and patent holder in his own right, Suarez has developed innovative products for the aviation, marine, consumer electronics, and mobile devices industries.

Robert Scavone Jr. a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara Lagoa on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and President of the FIU Law Alumni Association.  He is also an adjunct professor at FIU Law.  Scavone Jr. will begin a clerkship for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the fall of 2014.

If you are interested in contributing to this or other scholarships, please contact Anthony Rionda at arionda@fiu.edu.

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