Santa Clara Law has new building

Santa Clara University School of Law has new digs, and they’re pretty spiffy. At a cost of $58 million, the new building places nearly all of the law school’s resources into one site. Earlier, the law school was contained in several campus buildings.

The construction of the new 96,000 square-foot building was kick-started by a $10 million donation from Howard S. Charney, a 1977 graduate of the law school, and his wife, Alida Schoolmaster Charney. The new building is named the Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law.

The couple’s donation was the largest in school history.

“In Santa Clara Law’s 100-plus years of operation, it has been more than 40 years since we have had almost all of our programs under one roof. We are thrilled at the possibilities that this new building offers our students, faculty, and staff. The enthusiasm and momentum is palpable,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg.

In 1980, Charney co-founded 3Com, a $3 billion company. Later, he founded Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995.

“This is the home of the law school but it is also a temple built in furtherance of certain principles,” Charney said at a recent dedication ceremony. “This temple bears an uncanny resemblance to that temple. This temple rests on the principles of equity and justice, fairness and respect for others. This temple uses stories to teach its messages–we call them cases.”


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