AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law celebrated the unveiling and dedication of statues honoring Texas legal legends and alumni Joseph D. Jamail and Harry M. Reasoner at a reception Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. Jamail, B.A. 1950 and J.D. 1952, and Reasoner, J.D. 1962, are Houston attorneys.
In the Law School's Jamail Pavilion, Law School Dean Bill Powers, along with alumni, friends, and faculty, attended the unveiling of the life-size, bronze statues by Houston sculptor Lawrence M. Ludtke, whose portrait and figurative sculptures are represented in prominent institutions across the United States. UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof, Chairman of the Board of Regents Charles Miller, UT President Larry Faulkner and Law School Foundation President David Beck were among the guests and speakers at the unveiling and dedication ceremony.
"Joe Jamail and Harry Reasoner are truly great trial lawyers. More important, they are great friends of the Law School," said Bill Powers, dean of the Law School. "These statutes will remind us, and remind generations to come, just what good and dear friends these two wonderful men have been."
Jamail is most known as the famed trial attorney who won the landmark verdict in Pennzoil v. Texaco. In all, he has amassed more than $13 billion in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Time and Newsweek have called Jamail the “King of Torts”, and he was named “Trial Lawyer of the Century” by both Texas Monthly and the California Trial Lawyers Association. Jamail and his wife, Lee, are generous benefactors of the Law School and The University, supporting programs across the UT-Austin campus. In recognition of Jamail's extraordinary commitment to UT Law School, "The Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research" — housing the nation's fifth-largest academic law library--was named in his honor. The pavilion in which his statue now stands also bears his name.
Reasoner has been ranked by professional journals as one of America's "top trial lawyers" and one of a hundred "most influential" lawyers in America. He is the former managing partner at Vinson & Elkins, the third largest law firm in the United States, and has practiced in the area of general litigation, including antitrust and securities litigation. Reasoner has distinguished himself internationally as well, and is included in two international legal guides as one of the world's leading litigators. Because of his exceptional skills as a litigator and his devotion to his alma mater, the "Harry M. Reasoner Center for Trial Practice" was named in his honor, and is housed in the John B. Connally Center for the Administration of Justice, where his statue is now permanently displayed.
Both attorneys have served on many foundations and associations and have
received many awards and honors. Jamail serves as a Life Trustee of The University
of Texas Law School Foundation. In 1996, he received the Distinguished Alumnus
Award from The University of Texas at Austin and the Outstanding Alumnus Award
from The University of Texas School of Law. Reasoner is a Life Trustee and
past president of The University of Texas Law School Foundation. In 1997,
he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Texas at
Austin, and in 1998 he was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the Law School.
Jamail and Reasoner both reside in Houston.