Media Advisory: Walk-through of New UH Law School Clinical Building

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 262-4393
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Denise Antolini, (808) 554-7215
Associate Dean, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Sep 3, 2019

Contact - Associate Dean Denise Antolini (808) 554-7215 or Media Consultant Bev Creamer (808) 389-5736

What:  A walk-through "preview" of the new $9.3 million Clinical Building at the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Time: 10 to 11 a.m.

Where:  2485 Dole Street, UH Mānoa campus

WhoAssociate Dean Denise Antolini will guide a tour of the new Clinical Building at the UH law school. It was originally former Chief Justice William S. Richardson’s vision to create a third law school building to primarily serve the community, plus provide students with hands-on experience assisting faculty in helping real clients. The 13-year effort was spearheaded by Dean Avi Soifer.

Why: The new building will serve as space for the growing clinical programs offered by law school faculty and students as part of course work for graduation and to prepare students for law practice. This clinical service provides thousands of hours of free legal help annually to some of Hawai‘i’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly, youth, prisoners, veterans and families living at or near poverty levels. It will also provide much-needed space to develop students’ trial, practice and advocacy skills.

Details: The building has been more than a decade in the planning, with $500,000 in planning money allotted by the state Legislature in 2006. Construction funding was approved by the Legislature in 2013 for a $7 million package of bonds that included $3.5 million in general obligation bonds backed by the state, and the innovative authorization of $3.5 million in revenue bonds backed by the law school’s own funding, through a combination of tuition and philanthropy.

The fundraising campaign was spearheaded by Julie Levine, executive director of development for the UH Law School, who raised more than $4 million from 120 donors, including 13 law firms and 4 foundations. The predominant amount was used for the new building, and other funds will help refurbish areas in the existing building and support law school programs.

Major Donor:  The Davis Levin Livingston law firm and its foundation committed a $1 million leadership gift to the building. Attorney Mark Davis chaired the campaign.

Formal Dedication Ceremony:  Friday, September 6, 4 p.m.  Media are also welcome at this event.

Parking: For the walk-through, media representatives may park in the area next to the new Clinical Building reached through the lower campus road.

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