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May 23, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder helps dedicate a dazzling new building for the Stanford Law School

The William H. Neukom Building will provide space for the kind of public-service law services lauded by the attorney general. The Mills Legal Clinic, for example, involves students in environmental issues, immigration, international human rights and a community law clinic that helps low-income clients.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder talked about the continuing struggle for equal rights and opportunities in the United States. (Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service)

With a few words of praise for Stanford from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the Stanford Law School dedicated its latest addition on Friday, the eye-catching William H. Neukom Building.

On a sunny spring afternoon, the verdict on the new building was in, and it was thumbs up from Holder, President John Hennessy, Board of Trustees Chair Leslie Hume, Law School Dean Larry Kramer and Neukom himself.

Holder spoke to a courtyard audience as he stood in front of the three-story Barnum Tower, one of the more striking features of the Neukom Building. The attorney general noted with approval the law school's commitment to including public service in the legal education of its students. He mentioned student involvement in establishing the rule of law in Afghanistan, East Timor and Bhutan.

Despite successes, he said, the struggle for equal rights and opportunities here in America still continues; injustice, division and hate remain.

Neukom, the managing general partner and CEO of the San Francisco Giants and former Microsoft general counsel, was the major donor for the new building, with a gift of $20 million. He spoke in jest of the irony of donating his software windfall to build such a substantial piece of hardware.

He urged the law students in the audience "to help those who need us the most." Change for the better "always begins with a simple action by a hopeful person," he said.



Judith Romero, Stanford Law School Public Affairs: (650) 723-2232,

Dan Stober, Stanford News Service: (650) 721-6965,

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