Georgia Law dedicates courtroom in honor of Butler family

Monday, November 28, 2016

UGA School of Law dedicates courtroom in honor of Butler family
Alumnus Jim Butler Jr. recognized for generosity to the state’s flagship law school

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law recently dedicated the James E. Butler Courtroom in the school’s Rusk Hall, honoring three generations of the Butler family – James E. Butler, 1977 alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. and 2008 alumnus James E. “Jeb” Butler III.

The occasion also marked the portrait unveiling of Jim Butler. The painting, by artist Beth Stephens, now hangs outside the courtroom.

Jim Butler has had a large impact on the legal profession both inside and outside the courtroom.  Four times over his career, he was lead counsel in a case setting the record for the largest verdict in Georgia. He has litigated cases in 31 states and served as lead counsel in five cases where the verdicts exceeded $100 million.

Jim Butler also has been a generous donor to the law school, establishing the James E. Butler Scholarship, assisting in the creation of the Sic Vos Non Vobis Scholarship and helping to launch the school’s Challenge Fund last year, which successfully doubled the law school’s annual fund in a single year and enabled Georgia Law to offer up to 66 new quarter scholarships to deserving students.

“Jim Butler’s investment in the School of Law is an investment in the people whom it produces and the values they will reflect as they join him in a noble profession,” Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “Thanks to his generosity, present and future law students will hone their advocacy skills and learn from judges in the courtroom bearing his family’s name – and be reminded of a great courtroom lawyer and the values he represents.” 

In addition to Jim Butler’s family, in attendance were UGA President Jere W. Morehead, former deans Rebecca Hanner White and David E. Shipley, Associate Dean Emeritus Paul M. Kurtz, numerous members of the state and federal judiciary and colleagues including Joel O. Wooten Jr., Butler’s longtime law partner.

“Jim Butler’s outstanding commitment to his alma mater is helping to attract the very best students and faculty to the UGA School of Law,” said Morehead. “His loyalty helps to strengthen the School of Law and this institution.”

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Writer: Lona Panter, 706-542-5172, lonap@uga.edu 
Contact: Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, 706-542-7140, borut@uga.edu

UGA School of Law
Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.