McGeorge School of Law

Kennedy Dedicates New Legal Studies Center

September 19, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Dedication: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks at the dedication of the new Legal Studies Center.

McGeorge celebrated the grand opening of its $10 million Legal Studies Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States taking part in a ribbon-cutting reception that attracted more than 250 alumni, faculty and Sacramento legal community leaders.

The new 46,000-square foot facility, which houses the Gordon D. Schaber Law Library, was completed in early August in time for the start of fall semester classes. Designed by Pfau Long Architecture, a leading designer of educational buildings in the West, it features expanded study space for students, a new computer lab, meeting rooms, and offices for faculty and support staff. A two-story glass atrium and cantilevered foyer operates as the hub of the facility, and several outdoor venues are incorporated into the interior study space of the library.

Justice Kennedy, a long-time member of the McGeorge faculty and frequent speaker at courthouse and law library openings across the nation, spoke glowingly of the project.

"Winston Churchill once said, 'We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.' This is a magnificent achievement," Kennedy said. "This building will have a profound impact on current and future law students who pass through its doors. I hope when you visit the school, when you graduate and come back, you will remember the importance of this to the community."

University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck and Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker of McGeorge joined Student Bar Association President Colin Hendricks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"We are delighted with the new Legal Studies Center," said Assistant Dean for Library Services and Program Matthew Downs. "The new design reinvigorates all the sections of the old library. It allows quiet study space conducive to serious research and writing undertaken by our students, yet also provides beautiful space that encourages social interaction."

Reeve-Knight Construction of Roseville was the general contractor on the two-year construction project, the largest ever undertaken on McGeorge's 13-acre Oak Park neighborhood campus.