Little Rock, AR – Trial attorney Willie E. Gary recently visited the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Williams H. Bowen School of Law to serve as the keynote speaker at the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Scholarship Alumni Banquet. The theme for the evening was “Moving Forward While Reaching Back: Roots to Wings.” The event raised money for scholarships to benefit the law students and recognized individuals that have exemplified perseverance and dedication to community service.
Gary addressed a lively audience comprised of local lawyers, judges, public officials, law students, university professors and members of the community during the Banquet. Gary encouraged the audience to give back to their community and to help support the educational goals of black law students. Gary also challenged the students to continue the pursuit of academic excellence and to lead by example.
“Lawyers have a tremendous opportunity to bring about positive change in the lives of the underprivileged and downtrodden,” said Gary. “The responsibility to serve as a voice for the voiceless will ultimately rest on your shoulders, young people. You are preparing to embark upon a career that can positively impact and make a change in one’s life – and you shouldn’t take this lightly,” commented Gary.
Attorney Willie E. Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Mr. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.