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Tallahassee couple creates law school endowment

Nov 01, 2009

TALLAHASSEE — JoLen Rawls “Jo” Wolf, a 1976 Florida State University  College of Law graduate, and her husband, the Honorable James R. “Jim” Wolf, have  pledged $100,000 over time to create an endowment that will support the law school’s Moot Court Team.

The gift will be eligible for a 50 percent match from the state of Florida. The  $50,000 state match will be added to the permanent endowment, creating a total  endowment of $150,000.

“We wanted to support Moot Court and its dedication to appellate advocacy, an  essential part of our professional lives,” said the Wolfs.

In honor of JoLen’s father and husband, the gift will establish the Judges John S. Rawls and James R. Wolf Intramural Moot Court Competition.

“Because both my father and husband have been integral to the First District Court  of Appeal, I wanted to honor their service as judges to that court,” said JoLen Rawls Wolf.

“This is the second significant gift that Jo and Jim have made to the law school and  we are all very grateful for their continued financial support,” said Dean Don Weidner. “This endowment will help our students improve their writing skills and oral advocacy  skills in a competitive environment.” 

JoLen Rawls Wolf is a legal writing professor at the College of Law and the  Honorable Jim Wolf is a judge for the First District Court of Appeal.

The College of Law’s giving participation rates are exceptional. During the last  fiscal year, 71 percent of students made cash gifts to the law school. 

November 2009