December 18

FSU Law begins expanding into the old First DCA

first_imgThe Florida State University College of Law is finalizing plans for its January 2012 expansion into the old First District Court of Appeal Courthouse, adjacent to current facilities on the campus of Florida State University, according to the school’s website.The First DCA moved into its new facilities in the Tallahassee community of Southwood late last month, and the law school’s renovation of the old courthouse is now underway.The Florida Legislature gave the project its final approval in April when it fully funded the project at $12.9 million from the Public Education Capital Outlay Funds. Much of the money will be spent for new infrastructure, such as heating, cooling, stairwells, and other changes to ensure ADA and other code and regulatory compliance to accommodate the more intensive student and faculty use. The reconfigured facility will provide the law school with five courtrooms for moot courts, mock trials, and trial advocacy classes, as well as additional classrooms, seminar rooms, student study and office spaces, and faculty offices. In addition, the remodeled building will house offices for the two “live client” clinics that make up the school’s. “This project would not be possible without the support of the university leadership and our alumni who helped advocate for the project,” Dean Don Weidner said.The FSU College of Law has grown 40 percent in student body size since it last added any new physical plant.According to Assistant Dean for Administration Catherine J. Miller, the renovated courthouse will include one primary appellate courtroom and four smaller multi-use courtrooms.“We are currently researching video-conferencing capabilities to ensure we are on the cutting edge of technological advances,” Miller said.Plans for the renovated courthouse include one floor dedicated to some of the law school’s high-profile academic programs, including the environmental law program. There also is substantial space for the placement office and on-campus interviewing. The bulk of administrative offices will relocate, allowing for the reconfiguration of B.K. Roberts Hall for additional mid-size and large classrooms.There are also several naming options available at the new building, according to the law school’s website, including $5 million for the building itself; $3 million for the Public Interest Law Center; $1.5 million for the main courtroom; $750,000 apiece for the two courtrooms adjacent to the main courtroom; $750,00 for the Video Conference Room; $600,000 and $500,000 for the lower level courtrooms; $500,000 each for the Dean’s Suite, Environmental Law Suite, and First-Floor Reading Room; $100,000 each for the Admission’s Suite, Student Affairs Suite, and Second-Floor Student Lounge; and $50,000 each for conference rooms (4); interview rooms (8), and faculty offices (20).To view the plans for expansion into the First District Court of Appeal, visit www.law.fsu.edu/prospective_students/expansion_plans.html. FSU Law begins expanding into the old First DCA FSU Law begins expanding into the old First DCAcenter_img January 15, 2011 Regular Newslast_img

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