Oklahoma City University School of Law Announces Grand Opening Celebrations for Downtown Campus

Weeklong Events to Christen OCU Law’s New Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 2, 2015

CONTACT:
Brook Arbeitman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
(405) 208-6300
bbarbeitman@okcu.edu

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 2, 2015) – Renovations completed, students and faculty moved and classes in session, Oklahoma City University School of Law is now ready to open the doors of its new downtown location to the public. A week of events March 23-27 will celebrate the law school’s new home.

Grand opening events will include:

March 23 – An internal kickoff event for School of Law students, faculty and staff.

March 24 – A breakfast and building tours for all Oklahoma City University faculty and staff.

March 25 – A reception honoring donors to the new building.

March 27 – A ribbon-cutting celebration open to the public and a reunion reception for all School of Law alumni. The western plaza of the building will host special activities Friday evening in conjunction with the H&8th Night Market, which is also open to the public.

Oklahoma City University School of Law’s ribbon-cutting celebration will take place at 11:30 a.m. on March 27 in the law school’s Grand Hall, and the public is encouraged to attend. The recently renovated building will be open for tours immediately following the ceremony.

“Our decision to move to the heart of downtown Oklahoma City benefits our students and our community,” said Valerie Couch, Dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law. “We envision our school as a place where the community will come together to learn, collaborate and solve problems. We eagerly await the grand opening celebrations so we can welcome our new neighbors and start serving as a downtown resource for Oklahoma City. ”

Oklahoma City University’s former Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Shdeed ‘65 first championed the historic downtown building as a possible new home for the School of Law. The University’s Board of Trustees recognized the value of moving the law school downtown, and the move became a reality under the leadership of Chairman Ron Norick.

Located at 800 N. Harvey Ave., the School of Law’s new building has a rich history. It was designed and built by Solomon Layton, a man responsible for many of Oklahoma City’s most iconic buildings, such as the Skirvin Hotel and the Oklahoma State Capitol. The building served as the command center immediately following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Through the law school’s recent relocation, the historic building returned to its original purpose as a school. More than a century ago, it became the first high school in the state, fostering a new level of education for Oklahomans and acting as a catalyst for economic development.

“It is our hope that a downtown law school in this notable building can be the capstone to Oklahoma City’s renaissance, which began 22 years ago under the leadership of then Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick who now leads our Board of Trustees, ” said Robert Henry, President of Oklahoma City University. “We are proud to build on our community’s momentum by developing Oklahoma City’s next generation of lawyers committed to leadership and service.”

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