Proposed plans for Arizona Center for Law and Society showcased

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Doug Sylvester
Michael M. Crow
Greg Stanton
Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, ASU President Michael M. Crow and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton showcased the proposed design for the downtown Arizona Center for Law and Society at a press conference on Wednesday.

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The $129 million center, scheduled to open in fall 2016, would serve as the new home for the 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 lead architect of the project is Tomas Rossant, a founding partner and design principal at Ennead Architects in New York.

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,” Stanton said. “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.
It’s 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,” Crow said. “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.”

Sylvester 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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