September 18, 2009
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy helped break ground for the new McGeorge Legal Studies Center on September 18, 2009, and praised plans for the $10 million law library expansion, the largest building project ever carried out on the law school’s 13-acre campus.
“In the law, we often deal with theories and abstractions,” Kennedy said. “This building is something tangible that connects us to the rule of law that binds all Americans. It confirms once again the commitment that these law students and law faculty have to that ideal.”
Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck, the new president of the University of the Pacific, introduced Justice Kennedy as “our longest-serving current professor at McGeorge.” Kennedy taught constitutional law at the Sacramento law school from 1965 until 1988 when he was sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has taught annually in the McGeorge Salzburg Summer Program in Austria since 1989.
McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, James Sammut, the president of the Student Bar Association, and Randy Schaber, nephew of the late Dean Gordon Schaber, joined Kennedy and Eibeck in the ceremonial groundbreaking shovel toss.
“The construction and renovation of the Legal Studies Center will mean a dramatic improvement in the teaching-and-learning environment for our students, enabling them to develop the skills for lifelong inquiry, problem-solving, and access to information,” President Eibeck said.
The McGeorge Legal Studies Center, which will house the Gordon D. Schaber Law Library, is set for completion in 2011.