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Second Angelos Gift to New Law School Building Brings Personal Commitment to $10 Million

University Announces Gift as Private Fundraising for Project Reaches $15 Million Goal

June 3, 2010
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny has announced that the University has received a second $5 million donation for its new law building from UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. '61. The gift, following Angelos's initial donation of $5 million in June 2008, signifies UB's achievement of its goal of $15 million in private funding for the building.

The $15 million in private funding will be used in conjunction with Maryland state funding to support construction of the 190,000-square-foot building at the northeast corner of North Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue. The facility will provide much-needed additional space for the UB School of Law, the sixth-largest public law school in the country. The project is expected to be completed in late 2012.

Groundbreaking for the new building will take place on the site on Thursday, Aug. 26 at noon. Details on the event, including a list of special guests, will be announced soon. 

"On behalf of the University of Baltimore community, I want to express my deepest appreciation to Peter Angelos for his continued support," Bogomolny said. "His generosity is integral to our success and has inspired other UB graduates to support this critical and very exciting project."

Other major donors who have actively supported UB's new John and Frances Angelos Law Center include the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Sayra Wells Meyerhoff (J.D. '78, M.S. '04) and Neil Meyerhoff and Jana Howard Carey, J.D. '76.

The design for UB's new John and Frances Angelos Law Center stemmed from an unprecedented international design competition, sponsored by the University and supported by a grant from the Abell Foundation in fall 2008. The winning design was submitted by Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany, in partnership with Baltimore's Ayers/Saint/Gross, and the design work completed to date has received high praise from both city and state architectural review bodies.

"The design competition made it possible for UB to attract one of the world's leaders in sustainable architecture," Bogomolny said. "I am confident that Stefan Behnisch will create a distinct and enduring building that will come to define the University's aspirations and the city's ideals for decades to come."

The UB School of Law has a rich legacy of producing legal practitioners, judges, public defenders, prosecutors and community and civic advocates. UB alumni account for 30 percent of Maryland's Circuit Court judges, 34 percent of its District Court judges and more than one-third of its elected state's attorneys. The current UB law facility opened in 1982; since that time, student enrollment has increased by more than 20 percent. Faculty and support staff have more than doubled, reflecting the changing needs of legal education.
 
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts and the Merrick School of Business.