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125th Anniversary Celebration

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits Willamette Willamette University College of Law welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to campus on Sept. 12 and 13. Ginsburg’s visit marked the first event in a yearlong celebration of the College of Law’s 125th academic year. Oregon Civic Justice Center Dedication Ginsburg participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the dedication of the College of Law’s new Oregon Civic Justice Center on the morning of Sept. 12. Held on the front steps of the newly renovated building, the event drew more than 100 people, who gathered to witness this important milestone in the law school’s history. The crowd was welcomed by Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. He offered thanks to the generous benefactors who supported the building renovation and programs housed in the new center and to President M. Lee Pelton for his unwavering support of the law school’s educational mission. Symeonides also praised David R. Kenagy, dean emeritus of the law school and former executive director of the Oregon Law Commission, for conceiving the idea of the justice center. “We are all delighted to see his vision become reality,” Symeonides said. “The Oregon Civic Justice Center will meet genuine human need in our community and serve the neediest among us,” Kenagy said during an enthusiastic speech. “That is civic justice.” Symeonides had the honor of inviting Justice Ginsburg to cut the ribbon, officially opening the Oregon Civic Justice Center. Following the ribbon cutting, Ginsburg was asked to unveil a plaque on the front of the structure — which honored her role in the dedication of the building. “I never expected my name would be part of this beautiful edifice,” the justice said. “With enormous appreciation, I wish all users of this building well in their important mission to advance justice in our land.”

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2008 • Vol. VIII, No. 2