Grisham helps dedicate new Ole Miss law school

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Best-selling author John Grisham says he hopes graduates of the new University of Mississippi Law School will fight for social change.

Grisham was in Oxford Friday to help dedicate the law school to former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat, who’s been credited with expanding the school’s programs through record fundraising, while helping it shed Old South imagery.

Grisham says there are too many Americans who have been denied access to justice.

Grisham, known for his courtroom thrillers, is a graduate of the Ole Miss law school, where he says professors, including Khayat, have encouraged students to do pro bono work. He says he hopes the school will train lawyers who believe the license to practice is a powerful tool best used when defending the poor and falsely accused.