State’s Largest Law Firm Makes Gift To UT

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s largest law firm — Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell — has pledged $154,000 to the University of Tennessee College of Law as part of the University’s 21st Century Campaign.

 The gift will help furnish and equip the new College of Law building, which is currently under construction. The largest classroom in the new facility will be named in honor of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell.

 “We at Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell are certainly proud to be a part of what the College of Law has accomplished,” said George T. Lewis III, partner in the firm’s Memphis office and chair of the UT College of Law’s Alumni Advisory Council.

“We treasure our relationship with the law school community and believe the best is yet to come.”

 Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell has offices in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Huntsville and Johnson City; Washington, D.C.; and Jackson, Miss. The firm includes 200 attorneys and represents local, regional, national, and international clients.

 “This is a gift of the nicest kind — a combination of the gifts of UT law alumni in the Baker Donelson firm and a gift from the firm itself, many members of which are graduates of other fine law schools,” said UT law dean Richard S. Wirtz.

 “We are honored that the state’s largest law firm has seen fit to honor us in this way and pleased to have an opportunity to recognize the firm’s contribution in a tangible way in the new building.”

 The College of Law seeks to raise $6 million as its part of UT’s $308 million 2 1st Century Campaign. Gifts to the college support centers for advocacy and entrepreneurial law, fund professorships and scholarships, and expand the services of the legal clinic and law library. Gifts also provide for educational resources in the new law building, now under construction.

 Contact: R.G. Smithson (423-974-0687)