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MC School of Law Dedicates Classroom Building Lobby

April 25, 2008

Mississippi College School of Law leaders joined with Jackson attorneys to dedicate the Watkins & Eager, PLLC Classroom Building Lobby on the law school campus.

The dedication Thursday follows a recent $100,000 gift from the Watkins & Eager firm. The gift is part of a $6 million MCSOL building campaign that's raised $4.1 million to enhance the law school in downtown Jackson.

Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt joined MCSOL law school alumnus Jim Spencer, a member of the firm, to speak at the ceremonies. The classroom building lobby is located on the first floor of the law school on East Griffith Street. The law school serves about 535 students.

Spencer is among a growing number of MC Law School alums working at the firm.

"We gave in appreciation of Mississippi College School of Law's many past contributions to the legal profession, including the outstanding graduates in our firm," said Paul Stephenson, chairman of the firm's management committee. The law firm, he said, desires to participate in the school's future enhancement of the profession.

"As a downtown law firm, we also appreciate the law school's substantial investment in the Griffith Street area," Stephenson added.

About 25 leaders in the legal community attended the ceremonies and reception, including Jackson attorney William Goodman, a longtime member of the firm and 1951 University of Mississippi Law School graduate. Presiding Justice William L. Waller, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court also spoke, noting the many strengths of Watkins & Eager and its proud history as one of the leading firms in the State of Mississippi.

Watkins & Eager, PLLC is one of Mississippi's oldest and most respected law firms. Founded in 1895, the law firm enjoys an extensive corporate and business practice plus maintains a broad trial and appellate practice. Service to the community and legal profession is also a priority for Watkins& Eager.

"We are very proud of their support. They've inspired other law firms to consider supporting the law school," said Thorne Butler, director of MCSOL Alumni and Development

Other supporters of the MCSOL building campaign include law firms throughout Mississippi and the South.

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