Trial Attorney Willie Gary Delivers Keynote Address at Wake Forest University School of Law Black Law Students Association’s 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet
The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted its 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Trial Attorney Willie Gary was featured as the keynote speaker at the Wake Forest Black Law Students Association’s 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
According to Ashlee Johnson, BLSA member and event chair, his speech was called “Fulfilling the Dream,” and was an eloquent reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech of 1963.
Mr. Gary reflected on what people are doing today to fulfill Dr. King’s dream, especially in the vein of on-campus movements, student protests, and presidential elections.
The Black Law Students Association request Mr. Gary to speak with these students to empower them to become stronger leaders and voices to the voiceless. Third year law students and members of BLSA, “BLSA holds a special place in my heart,” commented Mr. Gary, “it is important that lawyers and judges serve as mentors and role models for law students and while practicing law is important it is just as meaningful to offer my time, talent and resources to young people, specifically BLSA.”
The speech finished with a rousing ovation by the crowd, giving testament to Mr. Gary’s efficacy as an orator in the courtroom, as well as his ability to inspire young professionals of the future.
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.