The Together We Reach campaign has been a period of significant growth and development for the S.J. Quinney College of Law. With the support of committed donors and community organizations, the College has undertaken significant projects and advancements during the campaign period.
On June 4, 2013, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new 155,000-square-foot building to replace the College of Law's current facility. The total construction cost of the facility is $62,500,000. As of April 2014, $36,000,000 has been raised. The building is designed to achieve LEED platinum certification, the highest designation using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Sustainable features include LED lighting and recycled materials, efficient irrigation, storm water retention, site landscaping designed to accommodate lower-water-use vegetation, and easy access to mass transportation. The total cost of the building's sustainability features is $9,000,000. The College received a $4 million sustainability donation from the Alternative Visions Fund and an additional $500,000 in the form of a matching grant. As of January 1, 2014, $206,000 of the match had been raised.
We cannot overstate the importance of the scholarship support provided the through the campaign. This funding allows us to recruit highly sought after law students in a very competitive environment; support programs that recognize development of student skill sets imperative to successful lawyering; and reduce the debt burden our graduates carry to among the lowest in the country.
The Pro Bono Initiative was founded in 2000. The mission of the initiative is to provide skill building legal opportunities under the direct supervision of attorneys; to develop placements where alumni can volunteer, network and serve as mentors to law students; and to demonstrate the professional responsibility of those in the legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the underserved in the community who otherwise would not have access to the justice system.
The Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust provided the Wallace Stegner Center with an extraordinary five-year, $762,000 grant to develop an Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDR Program). The EDR Program, launched in February 2012, aims to promote collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts.