Student Photographers Works to be Displayed in Provost Umphrey Offices

Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Port Neches Students Photographs will be hung on the walls of the firm’s new offices

Two Port Neches-Groves High School students were honored with an award for their photographed works that will be displayed in Provost Umphrey Law Firm’s new office. The works by students, Emily Mire and J’Dynee Illa-Postel, depict the Jefferson County Courthouse and Federal Courthouse respectively.

“We knew we wanted to fill these walls with artwork that was meaningful to our firm,” says Matthew Matheny, partner at Provost Umphrey Law Firm. “What does that better than photographs of our courthouses taken by local students?”

The firm learned about PNG High School’s photography department and reviewed some of the work the students had done during the school year. The students were then asked to take photographs of Southeast Texas courthouses, with special attention to the Jefferson County Courthouse, where the firm often tries cases.

“As a photography teacher, I’m always looking for local opportunities to show off the work my students do,” says Mike Tobias, PNG High School photography teacher. “This provided a perfect way for students to showcase their skills and discover landmark icons they might not have come across yet.”

The students and their families came to the firm to accept their award and get photos next to their work with the firm partners.

Due to the impressive work the firm received, Provost Umphrey looks forward to opening up another round of entries by local students in the near future.

“These works are exceptional and truly represent two of the most iconic, legal landmarks in Jefferson County,” says Matheny. “We are proud to have them displayed in our new office.”

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