Atlanta artist and attorney William Stiles Jr. of Bey & Associates is donating 10 pieces of his work to his alma mater, the University of Georgia School of Law.
The hand-painted originals portray various legal themes and contain references to the law school.
“I am very grateful William is donating some of his unique artwork to the law school,” UGA law school Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge said in a news release Monday. “His collection will enhance our collection and provide thought-provoking imagery for members of the law school community for decades to come.”
Stiles said he began painting while in high school and that the creative activity was a much-needed stress reliever during his time as a law student. While studying in Athens, he created and donated a piece titled “The Common Law” to the school. This painting reflects relevant case law, theories, ideas and history examined during the first semester of legal studies. He graduated in 2006.
The new pieces he plans to donate to the school are part of his “Concept Collection,” which he said is “rooted in the practice of law and has excerpts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions in the background.”
Stiles said he started this body of work after experiencing a significant health scare in 2015. While recovering, law school classmates and former professors encouraged him to return to this creative outlet. Stiles said his law school family “helped to restore his confidence” and rediscover this stress reliever.
The law school news release said Stiles’ new artwork will be installed this summer in the main part of Hirsch Hall on the university’s North Campus.
Stiles practices in the area of commercial vehicle litigation. He is married to Amber Barrow Stiles, who is also a 2006 UGA law graduate.