Attorney Joe Jamail Donates $3 Million Collection, 1000 Volumes to Texas Southern University

Joe Jamail signing TSU

Texas Super Lawyer Joe Jamail, left, signs agreement donating the collection to Texas Southern. Dr. John Rudley, TSU President; and Dannye Holley, Dean of Thurgood Marshall Law School at TSU, graciously accept.

Students at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law will benefit greatly from the law library of Joe Jamail, a long time Texas Super Lawyer and well known higher education philanthropist.

Stating that he is certainly not a stranger to TSU,  Texas’ Super Lawyer Joe Jamail  on Wednesday (April 4th),   donated his law library to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern. The collection includes more than 1,000 volumes, valued at approximately $3 million.

Jamail reminded everyone that his relationship with TSU dates back to the days when he hired the first African American law graduate. “My relationship also includes having lectured at Texas Southern many times,” he informed the small group gathered at his office. Jamail thanked Senator Rodney Ellis for bringing this initiative to fruition.

“Sometimes great things happen that you don’t expect,” TSU President John Rudley began. “This is one of those things. Joe is known for breaking down barriers,” the TSU leader stated.

Jamail earned the name  “King of Torts” from  Newsweek in the early 1970s, after winning a half million dollar jury award for an electrician who lost his hands due to a faulty electrical box.  It was the first time in American tort law that an individual had received that huge an award amount.  To his credit, he is also the man who forced the withdrawal of three products from the marketplace because he deemed them dangerous.

On hand to accept the generous gift were TSU’s President Dr. John Rudley,  State Senator Rodney Ellis, credited with bringing this project to life; Thurgood  Marshall Law School Dean Dannye Holley; President of TSU’s Student Bar Association Nana Asare, and several other students who currently play leadership roles in the law reviews published at the law school.

In accepting the generous donation, TSU’s President Rudley stated, “Our Thurgood Marshall School of Law has long been recognized as the country’s most diverse law school, and as such, this gift will go far in helping to expand the diversity of the legal profession in Texas and the nation. “

“This gift will further enhance the reputation of our highly regarded law library, and serve to greatly benefit our faculty, alumni, as well as current and future students here at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law,” adds  Holley.



  • Named by Texas Monthly Magazine (12/99) “The Lawyer of the Century” and named “King of Torts” by Washington Post, Chicago Tribute and other publications.                                                                      
  • Featured in recent book America’s Top Trial Lawyers by Donald E. Vinson
  • Copyright 1994 by Prentice Hall Law & Business
  • Named  one of country’s top trial lawyers by most credible legal publications.
  • Represented a client who received the largest jury verdict in the history of law - Pennzoil v. Texaco  -   $11,120,000,000.00.
  • Represented a client who received the largest cash award at the time in the history of Tort law - Coates v. Remington Arms. Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Represented a client who received a verdict and judgment for $560 Million in a negligence and fraud case - United States National Bank of Galveston, et al v. Coopers & Lybrand, et al.