Published: Sept. 8, 2006

Today, over one thousand alumni, students, faculty, staff, special guests, dignitaries, and friends of Colorado Law gathered at the new Wolf Law Building to dedicate the building and celebrate its successful completion. (For information on the Wolf Law Building, including photos and press releases, click here.)(For a Flash tour of the Building, click here.)(For a Flash presentation about the Building's LEEDs / "green" aspects, click here.)The celebration actually started on Thursday, September 7th, with several special events. These included the dedication of the fireplace in the second floor cafe to all of the University of Colorado students who made the Wolf Law Building possible by agreeing to fund over 60 percent of the cost of the building; a conference sponsored by the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program; and evening festivities for alumni and special guests.Friday's activities began with a morning panel discussion in the Wittemyer Courtroom about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's book Active Liberty. This event, sponsored by the Byron R. White Center for the Study of Constitutional Law, drew an overflow crowd, with some attendees watching via video feed in the adjacent Carrigan Teaching Courtroom. The panel consisted of former Deans of Colorado Law, including Professor Harold Bruff, Professor Betsy Levin, William and Mary President Gene Nichol, and Professor Courtland Peterson.Festivities then began in earnest, with a buffet lunch for all visitors and tours offered by current Colorado Law students. At three o'clock the dedication ceremony began with a procession of from the Law School's former home in the Fleming building to the Wolf Law Building courtyard. The Procession was led by Dean David Getches, University of Colorado President Hank Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the University of Colorado Regents, other distinguished guests, and the faculty and staff of Colorado Law. The dedication included a native american blessing by an elder of the Ute tribe, remarks by Dean Getches, CU President Hank Brown, American Bar Association President Karen Mathis, and an address by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.Video clip of Justice Breyer's comments on Wolf Law Building (wmv .6 mb)Video clip of Justice Breyer's comments on the U.S. legal system (wmv 3.5 mb)Video clip of Justice Breyer - Full Speech (wmv 54mb)Following the ceremony, the entire community enjoyed a reception, dinner, native american dancing, several different musical bands, and dancing.Throughout, Colorado Law expressed its gratitude to all those who made the new Wolf Law Building a reality. This includes all of the alumni, faculty, staff, law firms, and others who donated resources and time to the project; the Wolf family and other major donors who stepped up to support Colorado Law's efforts; the countless workers who actually constructed the building with such care and dedication; and the years of Law students and University students generally who volunteered to "tax" themselves to pay for the construction of this facility when the State of Colorado withdrew its funding support.