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Lisa Kloppenberg, professor and dean of Santa Clara Law, and Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU, were the first of many faculty, staff, students, and alumni to sign the beam before it was placed in the new Charney Hall.
n late 2014, the generous $10M gift from Alida Schoolmaster Charney and Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77, launched the Charney Challenge to inspire additional gifts for the law school building project fund from alumni, donors, and friends of Santa Clara Law. The Charneys agreed to match all gifts and pledges to the new Law School building to a sum of $5 million. “We are so grateful to our many alumni donors, friends, faculty, staff, businesses, and firms who contributed to the Charney Challenge, and we are thrilled that as of October 2016, we have met and completed the challenge,” says Lisa Kloppenberg, professor and dean of Santa Clara Law. “The leadership gift from the Charneys was truly inspiring 6 SANTA CLARA LAW | SPRING 2017
to our entire community, and we are so grateful for their investment in the future graduates of Santa Clara Law.” The construction of Charney Hall is well underway, and the school celebrated a topping off ceremony on January 27, where the final top beam was put into place. Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., was in attendance as well as faculty, staff, donors, and alumni, many of whom had the honor of signing the beam before it was placed. “What a thrill it is to see this building take its place in the professional neighborhood near the Leavey School of Business,” says Kloppenberg. “The excitement for this new beginning is palpable. We can already feel the enthusiasm and energy that this new building will bring
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to all of our programs, and we look forward to making it our new home in early 2018.” To watch the building’s progress, visit our web site for a link to the Charney Hall webcam: law.scu.edu/sclaw.