Daniel Coker Horton & Bell Contributes to MC Law Campus Enhancement
A $25,000 gift from a prestigious Mississippi law firm is giving a nice boost to a $6 million capital campaign to enhance the campus in downtown Jackson.
Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt, Thorne Butler, director of development and alumni affairs, and other leaders at the private law school attended a reception Thursday to thank members of the Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. firm for their generous gift.
MC School of Law leaders also showed their appreciation at a dedication ceremony as they unveiled the newly named "Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. Career Placement Office" on the first floor of the law school. In the heart of the law school on East Griffith Street, the office houses Debbie Foley, the director of placement. The office is a key avenue to open up doors to MC law students to find careers in the legal profession.
"We have been supported so well by the legal community in our Building Campaign," Rosenblatt said of the effort that recently reached the $4.1 million mark. "It means a great deal to all of us in the Law School when a respected firm like Daniel Coker Horton & Bell makes a commitment to the future of Mississippi College School of Law."
Rosenblatt spoke at the reception joined by members of the firm from their offices in Jackson, Gulfport and Oxford. The firm has 60 members and many were on hand for dedication ceremonies. "We are proud of our graduates who are with the firm and are pleased to provide this lasting recognition at the Law School by placing their name on our Career Center," the dean said.
Terry Levy, the firm's president, was delighted to see the firm's name attached to the important office on the MCSOL campus. "Daniel Coker Horton & Bell is honored to be part of Mississippi College Law School's continued success as an accredited legal institution," Levy said. "The integrity of the law profession begins with the law student."
The firm, he said, "is proud to support an institution which yields such accomplished graduates who continue to enhance our honorable profession."
The law firm's connection to MCSOL runs deep. The late Curtis Coker was a founder of the firm and one of the original founders and owners of the Jackson School of Law, which later became the Mississippi College School of Law.
In a story in the winter 2008 edition of "Amicus," the MC School of Law magazine, the close connection is noted in a story about the law school's $6 million building campaign. Many of the firm's lawyers are MC graduates and the numbers have increased in recent years, Levy said. "MC School of Law is not only an integral part of the legal community, but also an important part of the firm's history."
Led by chairman Hunter Lundy and Vice Chairman Eddie Briggs, both MC law graduates, the building campaign is generating strong support from firms from throughout Mississippi and around the South. MC leaders say the law firms understand the importance of the law school in Jackson to the future of the legal profession.