Santa Clara Law Breaks Ground on New Facility
By DEBORAH LOHSE
On August 17, Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law celebrated the launch of construction of its 96,000-square-feet new law building, Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law, with a groundbreaking ceremony. The event featured remarks from University President Michael Engh, S.J., Dean of the School of Law Lisa Kloppenberg, and donor and technology executive Howard S. Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77. The ceremony also recognized the leadership gifts from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation, represented by Ron Malone J.D. ’77 and his wife, Sara, and the Fremont Bank Foundation, represented by Terry Stinnett J.D. ’69. City of Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor also joined Santa Clara University for the celebration.
The construction site is near the entrance of Santa Clara University’s campus, and the building is expected to be completed and available for use by early 2018.
“This building represents an exciting and historic turning point for Santa Clara Law, bringing together most of our clinics, institutes, and programs under one roof for the first time in more than 40 years,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “Charney Hall has been designed to foster the kinds of collaboration— between law, business, and engineering, for instance—that innovation in a place like Silicon Valley demands,” she added.
Additional information about the origins and features of Charney Hall can be found here.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY SOLOMON CORDWELL BUENZ
“This building represents an exciting and historic turning point for Santa Clara Law, bringing together most of our clinics, institutes, and programs under one roof for the first time in more than 40 years,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “Charney Hall has been designed to foster the kinds of collaboration—between law, business, and engineering, for instance—that innovation in a place like Silicon Valley demands.”
CHARNEY HALL LEADERSHIP GIFTS
Through the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation, Ron Malone J.D. ’71 and his wife, Sara, have given $3.5 million to the new building. In honor of their gift, the first floor will be named the Mabie Grand Atrium. Ron Malone, president of the Mabie Foundation, is a longstanding member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors and has for many years sponsored an annual prize for an outstanding graduate of each class. “This generous gift from the Mabie Family Foundation is yet another example of Ron and Sara’s long-time support of Santa Clara Law,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg.
The Fremont Bank Foundation has made a $1 million gift to the new building, and the lobby will be named the Fremont Bank Concourse. This donation was spearheaded by Terry Stinnett J.D. ’69, also a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, as well as Michael J. Wallace MBA ’75, and Hattie Hyman Hughes. “Fremont Bank Foundation is proud to support this important project for Santa Clara’s School of Law,” said Stinnett. “Our investment is a tribute to Fremont Bank’s longstanding friendship with the University, whose strong presence in Silicon Valley exemplifies shared values of education, integrity, a clear vision for the future and hard work in the service of the community around us.”
“Santa Clara Law is deeply grateful for these key leadership gifts from the Mabie Family Foundation and the Fremont Bank Foundation in support of Charney Hall,” said Kloppenberg. “These represent a major investment in our school, our students, and the lawyers of the future.”
CHARNEY CHALLENGE NEARS $5 MILLION GOAL
As of July 31, 2016, the Charney Challenge has raised $3,961,300, or nearly 80 percent of its $5 million goal. Thanks to the generous gift from Alida and Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77, almost two years ago the University launched the Charney Challenge to inspire additional gifts for the Law School building project fund from alumni, donors, and friends of Santa Clara Law. Once donations reach $5 million, the Charneys will match all gifts and pledges for a total donation of $10 million.
“With the construction of Charney Hall underway, we are grateful to all those who have generously given toward the Charney Challenge,” said Jim Lyons, vice president for university relations. “Once we reach 100 percent of the Challenge, we still have additional funds to raise for the building, and are currently meeting with alumni, donors, and friends about naming opportunities for spaces, programs, and new initiatives,” added Lyons.