The new courtroom will offer UB law students an unparalleled opportunity to observe court proceedings in action , said George Kannar
, vice dean and professor of law , who oversaw the design and construction of the project.
The UB Law Courtroom will provide students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on insight into the judicial process , from the very first day of their legal education , said Kannar
.It is an opportunity for UB law students to take what they're learning in the classroom and to see those lessons applied in practice , in a full-fledged working courtroom located just across the hall.
The courtroom should provide a real focal point -- hopefully , a point of pride -- for the law school community , something that further emphasizes , both to students and prospective students , this law school's distinct status as the only law school in the State University of New York system..
The Arts & Crafts-style courtroom , designed by the architectural firm Foit-Albert and Associates , features oak-paneled walls and Arts & Crafts-style oak furniture custom built by CCN International of Geneva , N.Y. , and Valley City Manufacturing Co.
of Dundas , Ontario , Canada.
We wanted the courtroom to be consistent with Western New York traditions , and the Roycroft style of furniture is something people associate with Western New York , Kannar
said.We chose oak paneling and furniture that match the original student lockers in O'Brian Hall to give a consistent sense of design..
Construction of the courtroom , begun in July 2000 , was completed at a cost of slightly more than $1 million by Picone Construction Corp. of Williamsville
The response from the judiciary and the bar has been tremendous , said Kannar
.Everyone seems to appreciate the opportunity that the UB Law Courtroom presents to integrate the law school into the ongoing work of the legal community , and the judges seem genuinely excited about being able to integrate the educational process into the judicial process as well.
The courtroom also serves a valuable purpose for the Town of Amherst , he
added , by bringing these essential government services and functions much closer to home , making them more convenient and accessible for all of the town's residents..