October 18, 2005
Texas Wesleyan Names Law Library in the Honor of Dee J. Kelly
As part of the law school renovation project, the law library underwent extensive renovations over the past 5 months. The library went from 14,222 square feet to 30,021 square feet of space. We added over 22,000 linear feet of shelving for a total of 40,211 linear feet, 4 group study rooms for a total of 9, a quiet study room, a computer classroom, electricity to all tables and carrels and a beautiful reading room (see attached picture).
The Dee J. Kelly Law Library is named in the honor of Dee J. Kelly, Fort Worth attorney and chair of the Dean's Advisory Council, through generous gifts made by The Burnett Foundation and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation.
Founding partner of the firm Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Dee J. Kelly was born in Bonham, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree at Texas Christian University and his law degree at George Washington University. He later received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both universities.
Mr. Kelly has been the recipient of Fort Worth's Outstanding Citizen Award, Fort Worth's Outstanding Business Executive, The Horatio Alger Award, and the Blackstone Award, given by the Tarrant County Bar Association to the year's outstanding lawyer.
In 1999, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram named him as one of the ten most influential leaders in Tarrant County in the second half of the twentieth century.
United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the honored speaker at the Law School dedication ceremonies.
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