Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Before the ceremonial events, Ann and Robert Aikens and their family tour the Robert B. Aikens Commons with Dean Evan Caminker. At center is daughter Dr. Kimberly Levanovich, and at right, granddaughter Kristin Levanovich.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Ann Aikens, Dean Caminker, and Robert Aikens cut the ribbon of the Robert B. Aikens Commons, formally dedicating the space.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

The Aikens family, on their tour of the Aikens Commons.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Dean Caminker shows the Robert and Ann Aikens Room (classroom 236 Hutchins Hall) to Ann and Bob Aikens and other family members. Seated in foreground: Aikens grandsons Ben and Charlie Hefter.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

The Robert B. Aikens Commons on the evening of its dedication, November 18.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Guests gather for a reception in Hutchins Hall before the dedication ceremony.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Ann and Robert Aikens celebrate the dedication of the Robert B. Aikens Commons.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

A full house of guests enjoy the dedication dinner.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

The Friars entertain Friday night dinner guests in the Aikens Commons.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Bob Aikens shakes the hand of 2L Peter Starr (left), who gave remarks during the program, as Ann Aikens looks on. Peter is the Ann and Robert B. Aikens Scholar.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

On Saturday's tour of South Hall, Professor Rebecca Eisenberg (far right), faculty chair of the Law School's Building Committee, greets donors and explains the importance of the new facilities.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

In one of South Hall's three seminar rooms, Professor J.J. Prescott explains the importance of the new classrooms and seminar rooms to the Law School's curriculum.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

On tour in the first floor of South Hall on Saturday morning.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Professor Rich Friedman (right) conducts a mock class in South Hall's largest classroom as part of the building tour on Saturday.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Dean Caminker welcomes guests to the dedication of the Kirkland & Ellis Café on Saturday morning.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Cutting the ribbon to dedicate the Kirkland & Ellis Café: (from left) Dean Caminker, Jim Amend,'67, Bill Jentes,'56, Sandy Perl, '90, and Greg Arovas, '92.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Some K&E partners and café donors (back to front): Scott Fowkes,'88, Emeritus Partner Bill Jentes, '56, Paul Bondor, '93, David Zott, '86, Dan Laytin, '98, Bryan Hales,'96, Greg Arovas, '92, David Callahan, '91, Sandy Perl, '90, Jim Amend, '67 (crouching).

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Dean Evan Caminker and Michigan Law alumni partners from Kirkland & Ellis lead the way into the K&E Café after the ribbon cutting.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

The versatile Aikens Commons is a great setting for a tailgate, too.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Student organization leaders at Michigan Law celebrate the dedication of the Kirkland & Ellis Café at Saturday's tailgate.

Commons and Café Dedication, Nov. 18–19, 2011

Jim D'Agostini,'80, goes nose to nose with the ghost of #98, Tom Harmon, at Saturday's tailgate.

AIKENS COMMONS AND KIRKLAND & ELLIS CAFÉ DEDICATION  The Law School dedicated the Robert B. Aikens Commons and the Kirkland & Ellis Café on the weekend of November 18-19, with festivities that also included a reception and dinner, tour of South Hall, and pre-game tailgate. Special guests for Friday night were Commons benefactors Ann and Robert Aikens, '54, their four children, and their families. On hand for Saturday's festivities were Kirkland & Ellis Emeritus Partner Bill Jentes, '56, Sandy Perl, '90, and many of the other Michigan Law equity partners at Kirkland & Ellis whose generosity made the café a reality, as well as their families.

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