New Distinguished Lecture Series will bring top legal scholars to TROY

Beasley Allen Law Firm founding member Jere Beasley speaking at a Troy University commencement in 2015.

Beasley Allen Law Firm founding member Jere Beasley speaking at a Troy University commencement in 2015.

A new lecture series in the College of Arts and Sciences will bring some of the brightest minds in the legal profession to Troy University.

Endowed thanks to a donation from TROY Board of Trustees member Gibson Vance, the Gibson Vance Distinguished Lecturer Series will give students interested in a career in law a chance to hear from the field’s most influential figures.

“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me a great education and a wonderful college experience,” Vance said.

Gibson Vance

Vance, a TROY alumnus, is an attorney with Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery and has been a TROY Trustee since 2012.

The Lecture Series will hold its first event on Wednesday, Oct. 11, featuring Beasley Allen Law Firm founding member Jere Beasley. Beasley is one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, having tried more than 30 cases with verdicts greater than $1 million, including 15 verdicts that exceeded $10 million. The title of Beasley’s lecture is “My Lifetime in the Courtroom,” and it will be held at 1 p.m. in Room 122 of Hawkins Hall.

“We are grateful to Gibson Vance for his vision and leadership as a Trustee and for his generosity in establishing this important lecture series,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “These lectures will be of great benefit to our students preparing for a career in law, and Jere Beasley, truly one the nation’s best lawyers, is the perfect lecturer to start the series.”

TROY’s College of Arts and Sciences offers both a Minor in Legal Studies and the Accelerated Law Curriculum, a program that allows TROY students to complete their undergraduate degree when they transfer to one of three partner law schools, shortening the time it takes to earn a law degree.

“Our students will benefit greatly from being able to hear from distinguished legal professionals like Jere Beasley, and we are grateful to Trustee Vance for the generous donation that has made this series possible,” said Dr. Bill Grantham, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.