Dec. 4, 2013
Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow today unveiled the design for the university’s proposed downtown Arizona Center for Law and Society.
The $129 million center, scheduled to open in 2016, would serve as the new home for ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, placing students just steps away from the judicial, political and economic center of the state. It will also have a public law library and civic outreach center, and will house the ASU Alumni Law Group, the nation’s first non-profit, privately financed teaching law firm, which will employ recent law graduates to represent everyday Arizonans.
The proposed six-story, 260,000 square-foot facility, would occupy most of the city-controlled block between Taylor, Polk, First and Second streets in downtown Phoenix. It will include two levels of underground parking and direct ground level access to public sidewalks and plazas.
“Our partners at ASU have proposed a very exciting development and benefit for Phoenix,” said Stanton. “This project presents a long-term educational, economic and social opportunity that can help our city for years to come.”
Through its location, programming and architecture, the Arizona Center for Law and Society will serve as a community centerpiece, where ideas from some of the best law students in the country will contribute to our justice system and make Phoenix and Arizona a better place to live for generations.
Its three-pronged mission is to amplify the connection between society and law, improve access to justice and ensure law graduates can launch meaningful and sustainable careers.
“This is more than just a move to a new building,” said Crow. “It is a major part of our city and state’s future. This move will establish Phoenix and Arizona as the home of a great educational institution and will greatly contribute to the well-being of our fellow citizens.””
Douglas J. Sylvester, Dean of the College of Law, said the Center is designed to increase the public’s understanding of justice through ongoing events and displays.
“The Arizona Center for Law and Society has been designed, at every stage, to engage and educate the public about the positive role that law plays in everyday lives,” Sylvester said.
In December 2012, the City Council approved using $12 million from the city’s Downtown Community Reinvestment Fund to help finance the project. The center is still awaiting final approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, and construction could begin as early as summer 2014.
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