$1 million gift to UGA law school will fund student scholarships

The road to law school is not the same for every one. Some drive up on fresh asphalt. For others, the road is quite bumpy. At the University of Georgia School of Law, a $1 million gift is targeting the ones who had to traverse potholes. 

The Brian and Kim Cain Family Scholarship Fund, established by 1987 alumnus Brian P. Cain and his wife, Kim McLemore Cain, will offer two full scholarships for students who have overcome significant hardships while on their journey to law school.

The Cains said they were pleased to create this scholarship to provide financial support for UGA law students, noting the scholarship honors their parents, who valued hard work, higher education and faith and set a lifelong example of service and philanthropy.

“We appreciate the tremendous opportunities afforded by a great legal education,” Brian Cain said. “We hope this scholarship will help the school of law in its mission to provide an affordable legal education to its students and to continue being recognized as the best value in legal education in the country.”

In recent years, the school of law has focused on ensuring that obtaining one’s dream of becoming a lawyer and serving state and society are possible for any student.

Students receiving these scholarships will be selected by a committee using each student’s entire application, including their personal statement. “Challenging circumstances” is deliberately broad so that this scholarship can be open to as many prospective students as possible and could potentially include – but not be limited to – financial hardship and familial or other personal challenges, the school said.

“The cost of a legal education should never deter a passionate student from working toward his or her goals,” Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “The law school is grateful the Cain family has recognized this need and made a commitment to help future lawyers and leaders as they earn their degrees and pursue jobs that make sense for them without burdensome debt.”

Brian Cain has been with the law firm Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman since his graduation from law school, representing commercial real estate developers, owners and investors in all aspects of real estate ownership. Kim Cain earned her degree in broadcast journalism from UGA. The couple lives in Marietta.

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