by Erick R. Schmidt // Spring 2010
School of Law
Mary Davidson Cohen (center) honored her father’s legacy with a new full-ride scholarship at the UMKC School of Law. Celebrating the new Julian Klein Davidson scholarship from left were Bill Prugh, president of the UMKC Law Foundation, Dean Ellen Suni, Cohen, UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton and UMKC law student Josh Marrone.

A new full-ride scholarship at the UMKC School of Law could provide students with an opportunity its namesake never had. Mary Davidson Cohen established the scholarship in her father’s name with a $1 million gift. Julian Klein Davidson graduated from the Kansas City School of Law (now UMKC School of Law) in 1905 with his LL.B., and earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Michigan in 1906. Although he loved the law, his practice was limited to only 18 months. When his father died, Davidson assumed responsibility for the family’s mortuary business.

Cohen says she established the scholarship fund at the UMKC School of Law to help recruit top students who will use their education and training to provide excellent service to their clients and their communities. “UMKC is honored to continue Julian Klein Davidson’s legacy through this generous gift,” said UMKC School of Law Dean Ellen Suni. “We are most appreciative of the generosity of Dr. Cohen and the impact that her father’s legacy through this gift will make in perpetuity.”

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