U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will join 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. 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 on Tuesday, April 16, featuring remarks by Vice President Biden and Gov. O’Malley
- A Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, April 30, for the UB community, neighbors and guests
- A Grand Opening Celebration, also on April 30, featuring remarks by Justice Kagan, Chief Judge Bell and UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich.
These events will offer guests an opportunity to have a first look inside the building, which is nearing completion after more than two years of construction. The center, located at the northeast intersection of North Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue in midtown Baltimore, is a national model for sustainable architecture and forward-thinking perspectives on legal education and a new landmark for both the University and the city.
“We are extremely honored 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 center to the Baltimore community but also the impact it will have on the legal community nationwide.”
Designed by world-renowned architect 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 center 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.
The new facility will retain the name of the University’s existing law building, which was named for the parents of UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. ’61. Angelos contributed $15 million to the law center project as part of UB’s successful effort in raising $22 million in private funding. The total cost of the project is $112 million.
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