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Law School to dedicate Carlisle facilities on April 16

Law School to dedicate Carlisle facilities on April 16

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and other University leaders were in Carlisle to dedicate the facilities on Friday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The dedication also marked the end of a yearlong celebration honoring the 175th anniversary of the Dickinson School of Law, which held its first class on April 1, 1834. To view photos from the event, visit Penn State Live.

“Penn State has spent more than $130 million over the last several years to give its law students a significant advantage,” said Philip McConnaughay, dean of The Dickinson School of Law. “Our new and renovated facilities in Carlisle together with our award-winning Lewis Katz Building at University Park provide the perfect setting in which our faculty and students can engage in the serious study of law.”

Additional participants in the ceremony include Lewis Katz, Dickinson School of Law class of 1966; H. Laddie Montague Jr., Dickinson School of Law class of 1963; Steve Garban, chair of Penn State’s Board of Trustees; and Richard M. Olcott, design partner, Polshek Partnership Architects.

Named in recognition of Lewis Katz’ unprecedented $15 million gift to the Law School, Lewis Katz Hall was completed in December 2009 and hosted its first classes in January 2010. Built and designed to meet LEED standards, Lewis Katz Hall features a green roof, many local and recycled building materials, and abundant natural light to reduce the need for artificial lighting. The project also includes a library completely interconnected with the University Park campus, made possible through the generosity of H. Laddie Montague Jr., a Philadelphia trial attorney. The project was designed by Polshek Partnership Architects to complement the Lewis Katz Building in University Park.

Additional building features include the 250-seat auditorium/courtroom equipped with the latest in trial technology, including videoconferencing and electronic evidence display monitors for judges, counsel, jurors, and witnesses; three 75-person classrooms; several seminar rooms; and ample student study space. Equipped with advanced videoconferencing technologies, the facility allows for meaningful, real-time interaction with faculty and peers around the globe.

Founded by Judge John Reed, the Dickinson School of Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and the fifth oldest in the nation. In 2000, the Law School completed a merger with Penn State and currently operates from University Park and Carlisle as the only ABA-approved unified two-location law school. During the past six years the Law School has undergone an extraordinary transformation; it has been successful in recruiting more than 30 outstanding new faculty scholars and one of the most highly qualified and the most diverse student body in the school’s history. Applications for the 2011 academic year exceeded 5,300, a 31 percent increase over the prior year.

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