Submitted by EVA PICKENS
Texas Southern University Communications Office
Students at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law will benefit greatly from the law library of Joe Jamail, a long time Texas Super Lawyer and well known higher education philanthropist.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4th, at his law office, Jamail will donate his law library to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern. The collection includes more than 1,000 volumes, valued at approximately $3 million.
Jamail earned the named “King of Torts” from Newsweek in the early 1970s, after winning a half million dollar jury award for an electrician who lost his hands due to a faulty electrical box. It was the first time in American tort law that an individual had received that huge an award amount. To his credit, he is also the man who forced the withdrawal of three products from the marketplace because he deemed them dangerous.
On hand to accept the generous gift will be: Mr. Jamail and his team, TSU’s President, Dr. John Rudley; Thurgood Marshall Law School Dean Dannye Holley; President of TSU’s Student Bar Association Nana Asare, and several other students who currently play leadership roles in the law reviews published at the law school.
In accepting the generous donation, TSU’s President Rudley states,“Our Thurgood Marshall School of Law has long been recognized as the country’s most diverse law school, and as such, this gift will go far in helping to expand the diversity of the legal profession in Texas and the nation.”
“This gift will further enhance the reputation of our highly regarded law library,and serve to greatly benefit our faculty, alumni, as well as current and future students here at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law,” adds Holley.
ABOUT JOE JAMAIL
- Named by Texas Monthly Magazine(12/99) “The Lawyer of the Century” and named “King of Torts” by Washington Post, Chicago Tribute and other publications.
- Featured in recent book America’s Top Trial Lawyers by Donald E. Vinson, Copyright 1994 by Prentice Hall Law & Business
- Named one of country’s top trial lawyers by most credible legal publications
- Represented a client who received the largest jury verdict in the history of law – Pennzoil v. Texaco - $11,120,000,000.00.
- Represented a client who received the largest cash award at the time in the history of Tort law – Coates v.Remington Arms. Guinness Book of World Records
- Represented a client who received a verdict and judgment for $560 Million in a negligence and fraud case – United States National Bank of Galveston, et al v. Coopers & Lybrand, et al.