South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Associate Justice Elena Kagan, with Law School Dean Evan Caminker, offers an inside look at the Supreme Court during a morning talk preceding the South Hall Dedication ceremony.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Justice Kagan makes remarks during a Q&A with Dean Caminker, who served as a Supreme Court clerk around the same time as Justice Kagan and who became dean the same year that Justice Kagan was appointed dean of Harvard Law School.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

It was a full house for the Q&A, which was held in the U-M Power Center for the Performing Arts.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Following the Q&A, Justice Kagan met with MLaw faculty during a special lunch, including Yale Kamisar, the Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Justice Kagan is entertained by Prof. John Pottow.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

The South Hall Dedication ceremony took place in the afternoon under sunny skies. South Hall is the first academic addition to the Law School in nearly 80 years.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Bruce Bickner, '68, chair of the Law School Development and Alumni Relations Committee, welcomed attendees to the ceremony.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

"Today we celebrate a beautiful new academic building, an exciting new era, and the wonderful generosity of the alumni and friends who have ensured the bright future of this remarkable institution," said Dean Caminker.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Justice Kagan offers her own remarks about the building.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

The Michigan Fanfare Band livens up the festivities.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

These snazzy South Hall banners were designed especially for the occasion.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Dean Caminker and Justice Kagan, gold scissors in hand, prepare for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Helping Dean Caminker and Justice Kagan with the ribbon cutting were (from L): U-M Regents Andrew Richner, '86, and Katherine White; U-M President Mary Sue Coleman; U-M Regent Laurence Deitch, '72; and Bruce Bickner, '68.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

An open house, held after the dedication ceremony, provided students with a perfect opportunity to take photos with Justice Kagan.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Alumni, whose reunion weekend coincided with the South Hall Dedication, access information on the interactive building kiosks.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Visitors made their way to the different floors in South Hall.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Alumni peruse the MLaw swag available in the Christopher M. Jeffries Lounge.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Justice Kagan greets the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, '62, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

The South Hall Dedication dinner for invited guests was held in the Robert B. Aikens Commons, which opened in 2011.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

As part of her visit to the Law School, Justice Kagan (with Dean Caminker) spent part of Saturday chatting with students taking constitutional law classes.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Students listen intently during Justice Kagan's visit.

South Hall Dedication, Sept. 7, 2012

Justice Kagan enjoys a comment from the audience.

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT  It's been almost 80 years since Michigan Law last dedicated a new academic building, but all that changed Sept. 7 as a cast of legal and University of Michigan luminaries, highlighted by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, gathered for the gala dedication of the Law School's stunning new South Hall. Highlights of the South Hall Dedication included a morning Q&A between Law School Dean Evan Caminker and Justice Kagan, the afternoon dedication ceremony, and an open house.

Photos by Leisa Thompson Photography.

VIDEO: Michigan Law: A Conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan

VIDEO: South Hall Dedication Ceremony

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