Monthly Archives:' February 2014

Trial Attorney, Willie E. Gary, Inspires Future Lawyers to Be the Best during the Southern Region National Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) 43rd Annual Regional Convention

Jacksonville, Florida – Trial attorney Willie E. Gary recently visited Jacksonville, Florida to serve as the keynote speaker at the Southern Region National Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) 43rd Annual Regional Convention.  Gary delivered the keynote address at the Southern Journal of Policy and Justice 5th Annual Symposium, on the topic of “Ending the Scourge of Disenfranchisement: The Evolution of Social Justice in America.”

Gary addressed a lively audience comprised of lawyers, judges, public officials, law students and university professors.  SRBLSA is comprised of students from over 40 law schools including Florida A&M University College of Law, Duke Law School, North Carolina Central University School of Law, University of Alabama School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law and University of Miami School of Law, to name a few.   Gary encouraged the audience to give back to their communities and help support the educational goals of black law students.  Gary also challenged the law 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, future lawyers.  You are preparing to embark upon a career that can positively impact and make a change in the lives of others – and you shouldn’t take this lightly,” commented Gary.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Also known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have pledged millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Jerome Frierson, Editor in Chief of Southern Journal of Policy and Justice (left); attorney Willie Gary (center) and Alneada Biggers, Symposium Executive (right) take time to pose for a picture..

Prominent Attorney and Humanitarian, Willie E. Gary, Serves as Keynote Speaker for Franklin County’s 15th Annual Community Leaders Black History Month Breakfast

Franklin, VirginiaProminent attorney and humanitarian Willie E. Gary recently served as the keynote speaker for Franklin County’s 15th Annual Community Leaders Breakfast in Franklin, Virginia.  The breakfast was held in celebration of Black History Month, and was co-sponsored by the Franklin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Paul D. Camp Community College, and the Franklin Department of Parks and Recreation.

Gary addressed an audience of over 300 business leaders, educators, legal professionals and clergy on the topic of “The Best is Yet to Come.”   Audience members listened attentively as Gary spoke about the importance of making a positive impact in our respective communities, and reaching back to assist the underserved and downtrodden.  Gary also enthusiastically encouraged the adults assembled to provide job and internship opportunities for young boys and girls.  He challenged everyone to play a small role in the success of future generations by equipping them with necessary resources and tools to succeed in life.  Gary motivated the students that were in attendance to succeed against insurmountable odds and to never give up on their dreams.

“Many great men and women have sacrificed and fought hard for our civil rights,” said Gary. “Today, we celebrate those leaders and legends who have paved the way.  Thanks to their foresight and perseverance, we have been afforded opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having.  While I am pleased that we have made substantial strides; I am also reminded of the fact that we have a long way to go,” continued Gary.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Also known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Attorney Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary (center) pose for a photo with Greg McLemore, Ward 3 Councilman (far left); Mona Murphy, Ward 4 Councilwoman (second from left); Mayor Raystine Johnson- Asburn (third from left); Mary Hilliard, Ward 5 Councilwoman (second from right) and City Manager Randy Boyd (far right).

Attorney Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary (center) pose for a photo with Greg McLemore, Ward 3 Councilman (far left); Mona Murphy, Ward 4 Councilwoman (second from left); Mayor Raystine Johnson- Asburn (third from left); Mary Hilliard, Ward 5 Councilwoman (second from right) and City Manager Randy Boyd (far right).