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Stetson Law alumnus Jason Turner and family establish scholarship honoring grandfather LeRoy Y. Hooks


Stetson University College of Law graduate Jason L. Turner ’04 and his family have established an endowed scholarship to support students concentrating in the area of elder law. With his mother, Laura Turner, and grandmother, Maurelle Hooks, the family created the LeRoy Y. Hooks Elder Law Scholarship to honor Jason Turner’s late grandfather, a life-long professional educator who lost his life to Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Jason L. Turner '04.

Jason L. Turner '04.

The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall to a Stetson Law student who is pursuing a J.D. certificate of concentration in elder law.

“I am incredibly proud to announce a new elder law scholarship at Stetson in honor of my grandfather, LeRoy Y. Hooks,” said Turner, who is a partner in the Nashville law firm of Keller, Turner, Ruth, Andrews, Ghanem & Heller, PLLC. “Because of his tremendous courage and integrity during his life, my family has established the LeRoy Y. Hooks Elder Law Scholarship to ready future Stetson lawyers to assist the elderly in similar end-of-life issues.”

“This thoughtful gift will support scholarships for students concentrating in the much-needed area of elder law,” said Interim Dean Royal Gardner. “As our population ages, more people will need legal advocates who can assist them in matters ranging from estate planning and social security to Medicare and Medicaid issues. This scholarship reinforces Stetson’s commitment to assist students in becoming advocates who make a difference in people’s lives.”

Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law offers specialized courses, research projects, and continuing legal education. Students who focus their studies on elder law can take pursue a J.D. Certificate of Concentration in elder law or enroll in the LL.M. in Elder Law program. Stetson is also home to the Eleazer Courtroom, the first courtroom in the nation designed to be a model for accessibility for the aging and elderly. Stetson’s elder law programs are led by Professor Rebecca Morgan, who holds the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law.

“We are grateful for the remarkable generosity of Jason Turner and his family,” said Professor Morgan. “This scholarship will make a significant difference for the recipient pursuing studies in the elder law curriculum.”

To learn more about the scholarship, visit www.leroyhooksscholarshipfund.org or contact the Stetson Law College Relations Office at 727-562-7818 or alumni@law.stetson.edu.

Learn more about Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law at www.law.stetson.edu/elderlaw.