Jonesboro Attorney Gives $100,000 Gift To UA Law School

October 21, 2003 - Posted at 5:05 p.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A new practice trial classroom will be a reality for future University of Arkansas law students, thanks in part to Jonesboro alumnus Bobby McDaniel's $100,000 gift to the School of Law building project.

As part of the school's Campaign for the Twenty-first Century, the School of Law is raising funds for an addition in which the Bobby McDaniel Trial Practice Classroom will be located.  The classroom, which will accomodate sixty students, can be converted into a courtroom where students can practice their trial skills.

School of Law dean Richard Atkinson said, "This will be a state of the art classroom, and I am excited about the opportunity to honor Bobby.  Bobby is a trial lawyer of the highest caliber and one of our most distinguished alumni.  Interestingly, Bobby was eager to write the check but was reluctant to let us publicly recognize his generosity.  Fortunately his sons helped me to convince him that recognizing such gifts encourages others to give as well."

McDaniel is the senior partner in the McDaniel & Wells law firm in downtown Jonesboro.  He is a 1972 School of Law honor graduate.  His two sons, Dustin and Brett, are both lawyers and both UA alumni.  Dustin practices with his father in Jonesboro, while Brett practices with a firm in Denver, Colorado.