Wednesday, June 6, 2001

WRITER: Molly Barrett, (706) 543-5172

CONTACT: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172, pharr@arches.uga.edu


ATHENS, Ga. - Kwende Burrill Jones of Atlanta, a May 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, has been presented with the law school's prestigious William King Meadow Award. The award is given annually to the law graduate who best exemplifies the integrity, sense of responsibility and high standards of the legal profession and who has the keen sense of humor necessary to afford a proper human perspective to the resolution of legal problems. The award, established in 1991 by the will of Emily Tichenor, is named for her friend and attorney William King Meadow, a long-time partner in the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding.

Jones received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, majoring in psychology with a minor in education. While attending Morehouse, he was a member of its mentoring program, and he also played football for all four years of his undergraduate career. Before enrolling in law school, he served as a senior subrogation auto claim representative at State Farm Mutual in Decatur.

Jones was very active as a law student, serving as a member of the moot court program and the Intrastate Moot Court team. He also gave his time this past year as one of UGA's coaches in the Intrastate Competition. Upon graduation, Jones will join the Atlanta law firm of Burr & Forman.

"He is bright, articulate and willing to participate in the give and take of the law school classroom," said Associate Dean Paul Kurtz, who presented the award. "He gets along extremely well with his classmates and has an excellent sense of humor and a sense of himself."

Jones was selected for the honor by a student/faculty committee which reviewed nominations by the graduating class. In a nomination offered by one of his classmates, Jones was described as a person who has "not only met the challenges placed before him . . . he has gone above and beyond to assist fellow classmates when needed." He was further described by Kellie Casey, director of the law school's advocacy program, as an "outgoing and perceptive personality with an innate ability to read others. He was a natural coach and a wonderful leader."

Jones is the son of Thomas F. and Sharon B. Jones of Atlanta.