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2005 Press Releases

College of Law receives major gift from Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc.

Feb 01, 2005

TALLAHASSEE—Florida State University College of Law received a gift of $150,000 from Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc., the nation’s first Bar-related® title insurance underwriter. The gift, made in February, will establish Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professorship in Real Estate, which is designed to attract or to retain an exceptionally productive legal scholar in real estate law.

The endowment is one of five – totaling $1 million– that The Fund is establishing at Florida-based law schools.

“Florida State has been cited as one of the top 14 law schools in the nation for highquality faculty hiring since 1992 by the Educational Quality Rankings of U.S. Law Schools,” said Dean Don Weidner. “This gift from The Fund will allow the law school to continue to recruit and retain the best professors in an effort to provide our students with a superb real property law education.”

“As one of Florida’s premier law schools, Florida State University’s College of Law has a solid record of providing high-quality education to tomorrow’s real estate attorneys. With this gift, we are carrying out The Fund’s mission to preserve and facilitate the practice of real estate law,” said Charles J. Kovaleski, president of The Fund. “Real estate drives Florida’s economy and this endowment represents The Fund’s reinvestment in the legal foundation on which that critical piece of Florida’s economy stands.”

This gift is the latest in The Fund’s commitment to enhancing the practice of real estate law. For four decades, The Fund has provided preeminent law schools with an annual endowment to promote real property education. Beyond this most recent gift, The Fund has provided FSU’s College of Law with more than $20,000 in curriculum grants over the past 40 years.

In addition to The Fund’s expansive continuing education program for real estate attorneys, the company conducts a title examination workshop for students at law schools across the state. The workshop provides students with the methods to help them accurately examine titles in an orderly and effective manner. It also helps them easily identify problems to look for when issuing title insurance as real estate attorneys.

To further support students’ interest in real estate law, The Fund conducts an annual law student awards competition that is open to law students across the state—providing grant money to the student submitting the best legal paper on the topic of real estate law.

Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc., Florida’s leading title insurance underwriter and title information provider, is in business to preserve and facilitate the real estate practices of its members and their protection of the public. As the nation's first Bar-related® title insurance underwriter, The Fund has been providing extensive support for the real estate practices of Florida attorneys since 1948. The Fund is an industry leader in service, being the first to offer a title information Quality & Service Guarantee.

The Fund offers quality, competitive and innovative products, services and education, including Florida’s most comprehensive, on-line title information system and DoubleTime®, a revolutionary real estate closing software package. For more information, visit

February 2005