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Plenary Sessions

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Plenary Session I - Law School Facilities

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There is little doubt that every project to reconstruct, renovate, or even update your law school will be challenged by escalating costs, budget cuts, and perhaps schedule delays. Yet, at the same time, every project must be seen as an opportunity that can not be wasted. Behind any great endeavor there is a vision or an image which energizes the process. How can the design team work with the client to understand the dream and develop the strategies to realize every essential part of the dream?

Edward Tsoi, Senior Principal Tsoi / Kobus & Associates, One Brattle Square, P.O. Box 9114, Cambridge, MA 02238-9114, Main: 617-475-4000, Fax: 617-475-4363,

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Plenary Session II - Future of the Law Library

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For most of our history, the book has defined library space. We’ve built our libraries to house them, secure them, preserve them and make them accessible for use. Now access to electronic information sources permits less dependence on print collections, and consequently, engenders new thinking on law library design. Books are not going away, but they no longer need be the dominate factor in library space design nor should books continue to shape perceptions of the law library’s role in the legal academy. It’s time for us to reevaluate the current “book-centered” design models and to speculate on the possible ways library space can be used to further invigorate the intellectual life of the legal academy.

Janis L. Johnston, Director, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Library Administration, Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar in Law, University of Illinois, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library 142M Law, Building 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Champaign, IL 61820, 217-244-3046, Fax: 217-244-8500,

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Plenary Session III - Future of Legal Education

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Effective planning for future building and technology design must begin with an eye to the future of legal education. It is indeed dangerous to drive by the rear-view mirror— with one’s attention focused on the past rather than the future. The forms, functions, and objectives of legal education should, first and foremost, drive design. Dean Kellye Y. Testy will lead this plenary session, outlining three key trends in legal education that will inform its future direction. She will also focus on the humanity that is central to law and legal education—too often neglected when consideration of “Bricks & Bytes” takes center stage in strategic planning efforts. Her opening remarks will be followed by brief reflections from a judge, an academic, and a recent graduate; the audience then will be invited to participate in a closing roundtable discussion with all participants.

Kellye Y. Testy, Dean and Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12 th Ave., Sullivan Hall, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090, 206-398-4309,

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