Dedicated to the law

The sky threatened rain, but there were plenty of smiles at the corner of State and Monroe streets Friday as the Law School dedicated the site of its new academic building.

"Few buildings on campus are as revered and as magnificent as those of the Law Quadrangle," said President Mary Sue Coleman, addressing alumni, students, faculty, staff, and University officials who attended the event. "Adding on to this historic complex is not an insignificant act."

Coleman praised the efforts of Dean Evan Caminker in moving the project forward, calling him "an ardent advocate for the Law School and all that it means for our society."

The site dedication highlighted a weekend of events celebrating the Law School's role in the University's Michigan Difference campaign, which ends December 31. Bruce Bickner, chair of the Law School’s Campaign Steering Committee, announced that the School had raised $134.4 million and would likely reach its overall campaign goal of $135 million by the end of the calendar year.

Fundraising for the facilities project will continue until completion of the new building and Law School Commons, with $9.4 million in private gifts needed to break ground next year and an additional $23 million to be raised during construction. The total $102 million project cost will also pay for recladding the side of the Legal Research building that’s now covered with aluminum siding.

On Friday morning, members of the Campaign Steering Committee publicly reviewed the campaign's successes: $25.7 million raised in endowed student support, $21.1 million in endowed faculty support, and $53.4 million for the Law School Fund and programmatic support.

The campaign celebration also included a luncheon for donors on Friday and a post-game tailgate on Saturday for alumni, faculty, and students.