Susan S. and Jerry G. Gonick of San Diego gave the University of San Diego School of Law a pledge commitment of $1.75 million to endow a chair in the field of elder law. In recognition of their leadership and generosity, the law school will name the chair the Susan S. and Jerry G. Gonick Chair in Elder Law.
Susan Gonick, who was awarded her juris doctor degree from USD in 1986, is a member of the law school's Board of Visitors. Jerry Gonick received his master of laws in taxation from USD in 1984.
"We are very grateful to Susan and Jerry Gonick for this generous planned gift and for Susan Gonick's valued service on the law school's Board of Visitors," said Interim Dean Kevin Cole. "This chair will help us attract and retain distinguished teachers and scholars in an area that is increasing in importance not only to law students but also to a growing yet underserved part of the community."
Susan Gonick recently retired from a successful career as a partner specializing in securities litigation with several prestigious firms, including Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe and Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP. Jerry Gonick, who holds multiple advanced degrees in law, engineering and business, has retired from the practice of law and is a consultant primarily to the plaintiffs' securities class action bar. He was a member of the original design and development team for the space shuttle at IBM (NYSE: IBM).