Law School Receives Landmark Gift for USD’s Initiative to Protect Student Veterans

San Diego (June 16, 2014) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo announced today that law school alumnus Jack McGrory, ’81 (JD), has donated $100,000 to help fund expansion of the law school’s commitment to serving veterans of the United States military.

USD’s Initiative to Protect Student Veterans joins the efforts of military leaders, elected officials and other concerned individuals to educate and protect our military veterans from the misleading practices of some for-profit educational institutions and lenders through statewide and national advocacy.

Individual veterans in California who have a dispute with a for-profit school or lender over the use of GI Bill funds and education related loans or those needing assistance with discharge upgrades and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims appeals can receive free legal assistance through USD’s Veterans Legal Clinic.

"Mr. McGrory's generous financial support will help sustain USD’s continued efforts to serve the legal needs of military veterans," said Ferruolo.

"Our work is tremendously important to veterans in our region and throughout the state," said Col. Patrick Uetz (ret.), director of the Initiative to Protect Student Veterans at USD School of Law. "We are fortunate for local leaders, such as Jack McGrory, who appreciate the value of investing in veterans, improving their education opportunities and ensuring their health and well being."

About Jack McGrory

USD School of Law alumnus Jack McGrory, ’81 (JD), was a Marine Corps Lieutenant from 1971 to 1974 and served as a Rifle Platoon Commander. McGrory served as City Manager of the City of San Diego from 1991 to 1997, all told, working for the city for 23 years. From 1999 to 2000, McGrory was chief operating officer of the San Diego Padres.

He began his second career in September 1997 when he was named president and chief executive officer of Price Enterprises, Inc, a subsidiary of Price Entities responsible for building Petco Park and the adjacent commercial development. From 2003 to 2004 he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Price Legacy Corporation, a real estate investment trust specializing in the acquisition and management of retail power centers.

McGrory currently serves on the USS Midway Museum Board of Directors and is a lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University and at the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of California, San Diego.

McGrory graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. He earned his JD degree from the University of San Diego in 1981 and is a member of the State Bar of California.

About the Initiative to Protect Student Veterans

The USD Initiative to Protect Student Veterans joins the efforts of military leaders and elected officials to educate and protect our military veterans from the misleading practices of some for-profit educational institutions and lenders. The Initiative’s multi-pronged approach includes research, advocacy and the Veterans Legal Clinic. The clinic also provides free representation to veterans needing assistance with discharge upgrades and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims appeals.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Jack McGrory '81 (JD)

Jack McGrory '81 (JD)

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