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August 2016

Santa Clara University School of Law breaks ground on new building

SCU celebrates groundbreaking for the Charney Hall of Law building

Santa Clara University will celebrate the launch of construction of the 96,000-square-feet Charney Hall of Law with a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 17 at noon.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 15, 2016— Santa Clara University will celebrate the launch of construction of the 96,000-square-feet Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law with a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 17 at noon.

The event will feature remarks from SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J., Dean of the School of Law Lisa Kloppenberg and donor and technology executive Howard S. Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77. Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor and Vice Mayor Teresa O'Neill will also be attending the event.

The ceremony will also recognize 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.

The event will be held at the edge of the construction site by the entrance of Santa Clara University’s campus at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif.

“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.”

The Charney Hall of Law building is expected to be completed and available for use by early 2018.

Additional information about the origins and features of Charney Hall can be found at

About Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice.  Santa Clara Law offers students an academically rigorous program including certificates in high tech law, international law, public interest and social justice law, and privacy law, as well as numerous graduate and joint degree options.  Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Law is nationally distinguished for its faculty engagement, preparation for practice, and top-ranked programs in intellectual property.  For more information, see

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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Interior view of the Mabie Grand Atrium from the south entrance of Charney Hall.