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‘A Glorious and Historic Day’

Georgia State University and College Celebrate Ribbon Cutting for 85 Park Place

Georgia State University and its College of Law celebrated the completion of 85 Park Place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon with state government and judicial leaders, alumni and friends.

“Wow. Two years ago almost to the day, we broke ground and celebrated the potential of this building,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “Today, we celebrate its completion and the opportunities that it presents. This building will help Georgia State Law lead the reforming of legal education and serve as a catalyst for change.”

Approximately, 500 alumni, students, faculty, staff members and friends of the college braved the stormy forecast to celebrate the first building dedicated to legal education at Georgia State University. State Rep. Rich Golick (J.D. ’92) and Jerri Nims Rooker (J.D. ’03), president of the Law Alumni Council, represented the alumni and Christine H. Lee (J.D. ’16) represented the students for the ribbon cutting. Tours and a reception followed the outdoor ceremony.

“Special thanks to those who made this building possible,” Kaminshine said. “We take pride in being a public law school. Our public outreach is in our DNA and helps define us…This building challenges us to do more. And, we are ready and committed to doing more.”

Among those gathered were Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Georgia State President Mark P. Becker presided over the ceremony and ribbon-cutting.

“Thirty-three years ago, I remember as a freshman senator, those discussions about whether creating a new law school downtown was a good idea,” Deal said. “Would it survive? Would its graduates have the necessary skills? Did we want to encourage more lawyers in Georgia? Would its graduates be able to distinguish themselves?”

“Well, Georgia State Law dispelled that myth almost immediately,” Deal said. “Its Moot Court teams were winning national titles. Its graduates were joining the bench and serving as clerks. Those credentials continue to grow. … Its faculty, students and staff have brought this state a level of excellence and a degree of pride, and I thank you for it.”

Reed called Georgia State Law one of Atlanta’s best stories, citing its rise in 33 years to become one of the nation’s top law schools.

“How fantastic is this school and building?” Reed asked. “When you think of Georgia State Law, it is always changing and improving and getting better. This facility reflects that.”

Calling it a glorious and historic day, Thompson referred to 85 Park Place as a magnificent building. “It is fitting that this sparkly, glass jewel, a stones throw from Peachtree Street, houses one of the top 100 law schools in the country.” The Georgia State Law Library serves as the official library for the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Huckaby called Georgia State Law a place “where dreams could be achieved” while congratulating the faculty, students and alumni on the new building.