University of Baltimore School of Law hosts special guests in preparation for opening
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan joined Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell and a host of state, local and federal officials and legal luminaries for several grand opening events for the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center, home to the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Designed by Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, Germany, and Boston, Mass., in partnership with Baltimore’s Ayers/Saint/Gross, the building marks a new era for the University of Baltimore and for its many constituencies. Current plans call for the centre to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it a national model for sustainability in law-school building design. The building will functionally and symbolically define the UB School of Law as an academic and social nexus, offering 21st-century teaching and learning facilities while fostering an interactive and communicative environment for collaboration between students and faculty.
Throughout the month of April, a number of invitation-only and public events will take place to mark the building’s debut. A Preview Celebration was held on Tuesday, 16 April, featuring remarks by Vice President Biden and Gov. O’Malley. A Ribbon Cutting will take place on Tuesday, April 30, for the UB community, neighbours and guests. A Grand Opening Celebration, will also take place on 30 April, featuring remarks by Justice Kagan, Chief Judge Bell and UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich.
“We are extremely honoured that Vice President Biden, Justice Kagan, Gov. O’Malley and other special guests will join the UB community in celebrating the opening of the new Angelos Law Center,” University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny said. “This new building - which received significant support from the governor and from the Maryland General Assembly - and these special events signify not only the importance of the law centre to the Baltimore community but also the impact it will have on the legal community nationwide."