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Now fully funded, Savage-Lebey Scholarship supports joint-degree students
By CSLR | Emory Law | Jun 7, 2017 12:06:00 AM

For nine years, the Linda L. Savage and Mary Lee Lebey Scholarship Fund has provided support for joint-degree students.

Brent Savage (JD 1978) started the scholarship, which is named for his wife and mother-in-law. Initially, Savage funded scholarships for students while contributing to the scholarship fund. In 2017, Savage made a final, generous gift to fully endow the scholarship, and the proceeds from the endowment will fund the scholarships moving forward.

Frank Alexander, Sam Nunn Professor of Law and CSLR Founding Director, worked with Savage in establishing the scholarship. “Brent and Linda Savage have demonstrated through their lives and their work a profound commitment to the service of others,” Alexander said. “In their generous creation of the fully endowed Savage-Lebey Scholarship Fund, they have created enduring opportunities for generations of students to explore the manifold ways in which law can be not only a service profession, but a ministry as well.”

John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and CSLR Director, said the fully funded endowment will support two scholarship students per year. “They will serve as ambassadors for the Savage family, as well as for those of us working in law and religion,” he said.

Silas Allard, CSLR Associate Director, said the scholarship allows students the freedom and flexibility to explore important questions of justice, mercy, rights, and duties. “Many of CSLR’s best students over the past decade, have been Savage-Lebey Scholars funded with annual gifts directly from Brent Savage, on top of his contributions to the scholarship fund,” Allard said. “His generosity has sent, and will continue to send, excellent Emory lawyers into the profession, ready to serve.”

Savage is a partner at Savage, Turner, Pinckney & Savage in Savannah and a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He practices in the areas of general civil trial practice, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, and professional malpractice. He has been lead counsel in ten verdicts for plaintiffs greater than $1 million. In 2009, Savage was lead counsel in Douglas Asphalt v. Applied Technical Services, which resulted in a $150 million verdict, the largest in Georgia that year.