This month, The Jebaily Law Firm celebrated its 50th Anniversary! Friends, family, and clients attended this affair to celebrate the firm’s success over the past 50 years. Along with the festivities, Ronald J. Jebaily was presented with the establishment of an endowed scholarship in his name: The Ronald J. Jebaily Endowed Scholarship at Francis Marion University.
Ronald Jebaily & The Jebaily Law Firm
Following his graduation from the University School of Law in 1969, Ron Jebaily started The Jebaily Law Firm in Florence, SC when he “hung a shingle.” During the firm’s initial stages, he handled a broad range of cases. Ultimately, Ron Jebaily narrowed the focus to be on personal injury and workers compensation.
Currently, there are 5 attorneys at the Jebaily Law Firm: Ron Jebaily, George Jebaily, Suzanne Jebaily, Rangeley Bailey, and Brian Yost. Attorneys at Jebaily Law Firm currently handle personal injury, workers compensation, and social security disability cases, where Ron Jebaily works almost exclusively on workers’ compensation matters.
In the years that followed the creation of The Jebaily Law Firm, Ron changed marketing strategies, gained new employees, and learned a lot about being a business owner, but one thing has always stayed the same: A mission to help people. He notes, “the legal profession is a helping profession… a practicing lawyer’s job is to help people… I get this rush when I am able to leave people in a better condition than when I found them. And, I don’t ever really leave them – I am here for them for as long as they need me!” This dedication to work and clients are part of the firm’s core values and are lived by all of the Jebaily Law Firm attorneys and the staff.
The Ronald J. Jebaily Endowed Scholarship at Francis Marion University
This scholarship not only represents Ron’s passion for scholarship and learning, especially as he was a professor of Political Science at the University, but also pays tribute to Jebaily’s parents Sylvia and John Jebaily. Ron recalls his father telling him, “From your neck down, you are worth minimum wage. From your neck up, you are worth the world.”
Education and learning were clearly held in high regard to Sylvia and John Jebaily. In fact, Ron notes, “I can remember the day that I had told my father that I had received a scholarship to college. My father was levitated. He threw a big party with his friends to celebrate and so that he could brag on me.” Ron was the first in the family to go to college and his parents couldn’t have been more proud. The requirements for the Ronald J. Jebaily Endowed Scholarship at Francis Marion University will be given to a first generation college student, with a need, that has an interest in the legal professions. Ultimately, this scholarship will grant students the same opportunity that was granted to Ronald Jebaily over 50 years ago.
Advice to College Students Who Want to be Lawyers
Ronald Jebaily’s goal is to be a person of power able to live a life of peace and love. He acknowledges that doing what you love every day is essential in attaining a life of peace and love. To those considering the legal profession, he offers this advice, “Law is 60% factual and 40% art. The work of practicing law, 80% is done in the office and 20% in the courtroom.” For those looking to be a lawyer just because they want to speak in court, you need to make sure you also enjoy the work required at the office. Then, he notes that there are worthy and unworthy motives for choosing to be a lawyer. The most unworthy reason is “I don’t know what else to do” and it seems like a high paying profession. While the most worthy reason is “I want to help people.” For more information about the Ronald J. Jebaily scholarship, please feel free to contact us or Francis Marion University.
How to Donate?
No donation is too small and will help us achieve our goal to help a student in need.
You can donate to this scholarship at the link here: https://connect.fmarion.edu/designated-and-memorial-gifts
Or, checks can be mailed to the following address:
Francis Marion University Education Foundation
The Ronald J. Jebaily Endowed Scholarship
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502