MONTGOMERY, Ala. (November 15, 2011) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the new Allen Law Center on the campus of Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, located at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. The new law school facility was named in honor of Jones alumnus J. Greg Allen, a Shareholder at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
A consistent supporter of the school, Allen served as chairman of the steering committee in Jones School of Law’s effort to obtain full accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA), which was accomplished in December 2009. He is a member of the advisory board for the school and teaches products liability seminars. The school’s mock trial competition also is named in his honor, The J. Greg Allen Trial Competition.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me,” Allen says. “I am so proud of this law school, and how it has grown throughout the years. It is exciting to see its continued growth with this new building, and I am honored and humbled to see my name as a part of it. I believe it is very important to give back, and that my contribution to this school is small compared to what the school has provided to me and to so many others. I definitely owe my successful career to the knowledge I gained here, and I am sure many more graduates feel the same about the quality education this school provides.”
The new facility adds approximately 17,000 square feet to the existing law school building, and includes additional study space in the law library, a classroom, faculty office space, a courtroom and space for the school’s three law clinics. The law clinics assist clients with cases involving Family Violence, Elder Law and Mediation. The new building provides space for client interview rooms, and features a separate, private entrance and parking area for the clinic’s clients.
“We are very pleased to dedicate the new addition to the Jones School of Law building as The Allen Law Center in recognition of J. Greg Allen, one of our most distinguished graduates,” Charles I. Nelson, Dean and Professor of Law at Jones School of Law, said. “Greg is an outstanding lawyer whose work on behalf of injured clients has been recognized as among the best in the state and the nation. It is fitting that this addition, which contains both a trial courtroom and our clinics, is named for him.”
Dean Nelson continued, saying, “The Beasley Allen law firm has had a long association with our law school and has employed a number of our finest graduates. Our association has led to the establishment of the Monica Jordan Public Interest Scholarship and to the support of other events of great interest to the River Region. For that, we are profoundly grateful.”
The new facility, which broke ground in October 2010, cost about $2.5 million to construct. Russell Construction Company of Montgomery is the contractor, and the architect for the project is Infinity Architects, also of Montgomery.