BY ELIZABETH KELLEY GILLOGLY B.A. ’93 | PHOTOS BY KEITH SUTTER

On March 5, fewer than 600 days after breaking ground, Santa Clara Law began moving into its new home, the Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law. This dream of a new building for the Law School became a reality thanks to a $10 million lead gift in 2014 from trustee and alumnus Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife, Alida, as well as the generous support of hundreds of alumni, friends, law firms, businesses, and community members of Santa Clara Law.

Charney Hall

Panetta Plaza is a major outdoor plaza named for Leon E. Panetta B.A. ’60, J.D. ’63, and his wife, Sylvia, who have been longtime supporters of the school. Located at the south entrance to Charney Hall near the gateway to the SCU campus, Panetta Plaza will serve as a prominent outdoor location for large Law School community events.

“This is a historic moment in the history of the Law School, and we are so deeply grateful to the Charneys and the many others whose generosity and vision made this building possible,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “In Santa Clara Law’s 100-plus years of operation, it has been more than 40 years since we have had almost all of our programs under one roof. We are thrilled at the possibilities that this new building offers our students, faculty, and staff. The enthusiasm and momentum is palpable.”

Collaboration and connectivity are two strong themes that resonate throughout the building. The building’s location, adjacent to Lucas Hall and the home of the nationally known Leavey School of Business, and Vari Hall, home to the respected Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, places Santa Clara Law squarely in the campus’ professional neighborhood, and will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students of business, law, technology, social justice, and ethics.

The 96,000 square foot, eco-friendly building will serve up to 650 J.D. and 100 non-J.D. students. With flexible learning spaces and sophisticated classroom technology, Charney Hall will help Santa Clara Law continue to evolve its programs and offerings to keep pace with changes in the legal field, while continuing to support a high-achieving student body and attract exceptional faculty.

Mabie Grand Atrium inside Charney Hall

The Mabie Grand Atrium greets visitors as they enter Charney Hall through the south entrance. The two-story space features bright lighting, clean lines, and multiple gathering spots for students. This space was named in honor of the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation through the generosity of Ron Malone J.D. ’71 and his wife, Sara.

CHARNEY HALL BY THE NUMBERS


96,000

Square Footage

10/12/18

Official University Dedication Ceremony and Open House

565

Days Between Groundbreaking Ceremony (Aug. 17, 2016) and First Occupancy Date (March 5, 2018)

$58 million

Budgeted Cost of Project

14

Greatest Number of Separate Buildings Previously Occupied at One Time by Santa Clara Law

6

Filtered Water Fountains and Filling Stations, Reducing our Dependence on Plastic Water Bottles

Charney Hall
Santa Clara Law Library

Top: Albanese Alcove is the west entrance to Charney Hall, connecting the Leavey School of Business and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to Charney Hall. From here, visitors can access Law Clinics and the Enrollment Management offices, and reach the Fremont Bank Concourse.

Left: The law library includes 4,300 square feet of stacks and a large reading room with new technology-based research capabilities. In addition to more than 80 study carrels throughout the space, the library features multiple collaborative study spaces, including booths, tables, and high tech conference rooms with LED screens.

CHARNEY HALL BY THE NUMBERS


324.5

Length in Feet of Charney Hall

16,052

Square Footage of Windows

13,877

Square Footage of Interior Wood Paneling

59.5

Height in Feet of Charney Hall’s Tallest Point

1

Coffee Bar (opening 8/18)

 

 

2

Number of Elevators

3

Number of Floors

4

Outdoor Spaces: Panetta Plaza, Albanese Alcove, Lounge Terrace, and Dean’s Terrace

Brad Joondeph teaching in Charney Hall classroom

Throughout the new building, there are numerous cozy corners, couches, tables, benches, and conference rooms for students to gather, collaborate, and study together. And of course, the technology in Charney Hall is cutting edge, from numerous LED monitors to smart keys for classrooms to an Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Charney Hall also features many open spaces, modern design, and plenty of natural light from hundreds of large windows. Brad Joondeph, Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law (pictured above in classroom), is teaching one of several classes in the new building this spring, a great opportunity to try out the new space and technology and iron out any wrinkles before all classes move to the new building in the fall. “The classrooms are beautiful, with abundant natural light and state-of-the-art technology,” said Joondeph. “They offer a very pleasant learning environment for our students.”

CHARNEY HALL BY THE NUMBERS


6
CLINICS AND CENTERS HOUSED IN CHARNEY HALL: Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, Northern California Innocence Project, Center for Global Law & Policy, Center for Social Justice and Public Service, and High Tech Law Institute
12
CLASSROOMS

12
RESTROOMS

12
COLLABORATION ROOMS

230
CAPACITY OF NEW PANELLI COURTROOM, which is also divisible into two 115-seat classrooms with a 16-foot-high and 50-foot-long adjustable wall that folds into the ceiling
88
STUDY CARRELS THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING
53
NUMBER OF FACULTY OFFICES
Charney Hall Lounge
Mabie Grand Atrium

Top: The Lounge, which is an integrated space serving students, faculty, and staff, features a full kitchen, eating tables,
comfortable couches for informal meetings, and a beautiful outdoor terrace.

Left: In the Mabie Grand Atrium, there are plenty of gathering spaces for students to collaborate, study, and relax.

 

CHARNEY HALL BY THE NUMBERS


1
CONFERENCE ROOM NAMED IN HONOR OF CYNTHIA MERTENS, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE KATHARINE & GEORGE ALEXANDER COMMUNITY LAW CENTER (KGACLC will remain in its current home at 1030 The Alameda in San Jose.)
8,000
NUMBER OF BOOKS AND DVDS ABLE TO BE HOUSED IN THE RESERVE ROOM
4,545
LINEAR FEET OF SHELVING IN THE LIBRARY
4
ENTRANCES TO CHARNEY HALL
35,000
VOLUMES MOVED FROM HEAFEY LAW LIBRARY TO CHARNEY HALL (in only two days!)
3
ROOMS FOR ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING DURING RECRUITING SEASON