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Trustees Approve Preliminary Plans For New Housing And Law School Building

Publication Date: 
January 09, 2008
Stanford Report
Kathleen J. Sullivan

Dean Larry Kramer is quoted in a Stanford Report story about the new law school building that was greenlighted by the University Board of Trustees:

...Trustees also gave a nod to a new $65.5 million faculty office and clinics building for the Law School. All of its faculty would be housed in the new building, as well as support staff, research and writing fellows.

The proposed three-story building would also become the new home for its legal clinics program, which comprises 10 clinics, including cyber law, environmental law, Supreme Court litigation and immigrants’ rights.


In fact, the whole Law School has outgrown its quarters, Dean Larry Kramer said. He said the school, which was built for 150 people, now houses nearly 300. In addition, more than two dozen people are working in rented offices off campus.

Kramer said the new building would help the school continue its transformation from a traditional program, focused on individuals working on their own, to a dynamic, interactive program that emphasizes teamwork and interdisciplinary study.

“The existing building we have isn’t really capable of facilitating the program we’re creating,” Kramer said

The new facility would be built on a triangular parcel of land at the corner of Nathan Abbott Lane and Lane A, on the site of the existing Kresge Auditorium, which would be demolished to make way for the new building. (An auditorium planned as part of the new campus for the Graduate School of Business, known as the Knight Management Center, will replace both Kresge and the Business School’s Bishop Auditorium.)

In 2006, William H. Neukom, a 1967 graduate of the Law School, committed $20 million toward the construction of the new law building. Neukom, who served as Microsoft Corp.’s lead attorney for 25 years, is a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP in Seattle.

The proposal is expected to return to the trustees for design and project approval in 2008, and construction approval in April 2009. Based on the anticipated schedule of reviews, the building would be completed in September 2010.