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    Marquette Law School breaks ground on Eckstein Hall

    More than 800 people joined Marquette President Robert A. Wild and Marquette Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney on May 22 to break ground on Eckstein Hall, the future home of Marquette University Law School.


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    Vol. 81, No. 6, June 2008

    Legal News & Trends

    Marquette Law School breaks ground on Eckstein Hall

    More than 800 people joined Marquette President Robert A. Wild and Marquette Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney on May 22 to break ground on Eckstein Hall, the future home of Marquette University Law School. Ray Eckstein, who with his wife, Kay, donated $51 million to the project, and Joseph Zilber, who donated $30 million, were present.

    Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Natalie A. Black, an alumna of the law school who is a Marquette trustee and executive of Kohler Co., also spoke.

    "Our law students have been our top priority in designing Eckstein Hall, and this will be reflected in every detail, from the Zilber Forum where students and faculty will gather, to a 21st-century library that flows seamlessly on every floor into the rest of the building, to classrooms that will spark engagement, even to a fitness center and underground parking," said Kearney. "When finished, Eckstein Hall will provide not just world-class facilities for delivering a Marquette legal education, but also the place for all of Milwaukee, and indeed for scholars, lawyers, and jurists from throughout the world, to come to address the important issues of the day. A basic premise of our ambitions for Marquette University Law School is that we are - and can increasingly be - an important economic, social, cultural, and political driver for this region."

    The 200,000-sq. ft. building, with three-quarters of the $85 million total cost already raised, is expected to open in fall 2010.




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