Dick and Joan Jacobs' Environmental Externship Fund

Dick and Joan Jacobs

In 2016, Dick '67 and Joan Jacobs created the Dick and Joan Jacobs' Environmental Law Externship Fund to provide financial assistance for students enrolled in the Environmental Law concentration to pursue experiential opportunities. It is their hope and intent that finances not be a barrier to students' pursuit of valuable externship and internship opportunities.

Kai SuThus far, this fund has covered the costs for Kai Su, a second-year law student, to travel to Tallahassee to testify before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in favor of a proposed amendment to guarantee the right to a healthy environment.

Kate Welch in IndiaThis summer, the fund helped defray travel expenses for Kate Welch, a first-year law student, to extern with the Wildlife Trust of India. In September, the fund helped Travis Hearne, a third-year law student, travel to Honduras to attend a scientific meeting for the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles.

In order to provide additional opportunities for even more students to gain such valuable experience, please consider making a contribution to the Jacobs' Environmental Law Externship Fund. Your gift of any amount will help Stetson in building this important resource for our students and illustrate the strength of our environmental law program to prospective students.

Due to the generosity of Dick and Joan Jacobs, all donors who make a gift of $500 or more (to be pledged no longer than one year) will receive a complimentary copy of Dick Jacobs' book Wonderlust.

Cover of Dick Jacobs' book Wonderlust

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1954, Dick Jacobs served in the military and started a career in business. In 1964, he received a scholarship and started as a student at Stetson University College of Law. Dick graduated from Stetson magna cum laude and was admitted to practice in Florida in 1967. He has had a successful legal career, has authored or co-authored several books and other publications, and has remained active in the community. Dick has traveled to all seven continents and has developed a deep appreciation and understanding of our connectivity with—and responsibility to care for—the Earth. He recently shared his photography and lessons learned from trekking the seven continents, explaining the importance of "Dirty Hands, Wet Feet Learning" during his presentation of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson Law. The video of his lecture is available here.