Lexington, VA • Friday, February 17, 2006
Thanks to the generosity of its alumni, the School of Law has raised sufficient funds for the Moot Court Room renovation to proceed this year, beginning in May and scheduled for completion in October 2006. School of Law alumni and friends committed $1,000,000 towards the estimated cost of $1.4 million. The remainder of the funds will be supplied by the University's annual capital projects budget.
The courtroom renovation will include extensive modifications of the jury room and the judge's chambers. The air-handling system for this portion of Lewis Hall will also be replaced during this renovation.
The School of Law would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following alumni and friends:
- the McGue-Millhiser family, who have chosen to name the Millhiser Moot Courtroom in memory of Ross R. and Eleanor McGue Millhiser.
- Robert E. Stroud, who will name the Judges Chambers thanks to his generous commitment.
- The Class of 1981, who chose to renovate the Jury Room as their 25th reunion gift and will name it in honor of Roger D. Groot, longtime professor of law who passed away last November.
- Bill Ledbetter, the Honorable James Turk, The Honorable Mary Johnston and Bill Johnston, John Huss, and Dean Roy Steinheimer, who all made significant pledges so that the renovation could proceed.
Except for technology upgrades over the years, the moot courtroom has remained untouched since the completion of Lewis Hall in 1976, so changes to the area will be significant. After being completely gutted, the space will be reoriented away from its current circular design to hold 72 classroom-style seats. These seats will be surrounded by 66 additional auditorium seats, bringing the total capacity to 150, including the jury seating. In addition, windows will be added to the rear of the room. All surfaces and finishes will be new.
The courtroom will receive a full technology upgrade as well during the renovation. This will include dual digital projection for classroom and jury presentations, full multimedia equipment installation, three remote controlled pan and tilt cameras, and enhanced audio and visual recording and distribution capabilities.