Dedicating the Sumner M. Redstone Building & Welcoming the Future of BU Law

Heartfelt thanks to all of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who joined us at the dedication of the new Sumner M. Redstone building and at Alumni Weekend events. It turns out I wasn’t the only one excited about the new building—over 300 people came to the building dedication to celebrate its official opening!

Richard Godfrey ('79), Jacquelyn Rex ('15), President Brown, Judge Lynch ('71), Daniel Koh, and myself at the ribbon-cutting

Richard Godfrey (’79), Jacquelyn Rex (’15), President Brown, Judge Lynch (’71), Daniel Koh, and myself at the ribbon-cutting

The event was the culmination of all of the generosity and support that has poured in from the University and our alumni and friends. Each and every individual who has helped us get to this point has contributed not only to this beautiful new building, but also to the transformation of our school.

Special thanks, of course, to Sumner M. Redstone. His generosity is a tremendous vote of confidence in BU Law, and we have no intention of letting him down.

We were thrilled to have First Circuit Chief Judge Sandra Lynch (’71) with us to speak about the importance of legal education. Judge Lynch compared the remarks made by then Supreme Judicial Court Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes and Chief Justice Earl Warren at the prior dedications of buildings at Ashburton Place and Commonwealth Avenue. As she emphasized, one constant is the importance of legal education in upholding our democratic system and BU Law’s role in graduating future leaders of the nation and, indeed, the world.

President Brown spoke about what the new building means to Boston University, telling the audience that our school stands “at the center—the heart—of the University.” We are also thankful to Mayor Marty Walsh and his chief of staff, Daniel Koh, for proclaiming September 19th Sumner Redstone Day in the City of Boston.

Richard C. Godfrey (’79) emphasized the significance of the event, saying, “This is a once in a generation moment. This is the place where we will teach students what the law is, and what justice is. . . . [And] [n]ow we have a law facility that supports the aspirations of our students and the incredible faculty we have at the School.”

Jacquelyn Rex (’15) also spoke at the dedication, telling alumni and friends what the new building means to our students and how they have been using the new spaces. Since students arrived on campus last month, they have been enjoying the brand new classrooms, the café and lounge, and all of the new gathering spaces.

Christine Marx, Dan Rubinstein, Lt. Commander Jacob Romelhardt, Linda Skinner, Irving Picard, and myself.

Christine Marx, Dan Rubinstein, Lt. Commander Jacob Romelhardt, Linda Skinner, Irving Picard, and myself.

On Saturday night we packed the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for our Annual Reunion Gala Dinner and Silver Shingle Awards Presentation. As always, our award winners were outstanding representatives of the best of the legal profession and BU Law. See the Silver Shingle Alumni Awards recap for their bios.

I am thrilled to see the students enjoying all of the new spaces and am looking forward to a spectacular first year in this new building. I hope you will make time for a visit when your schedules allow.

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