Concordia University School of Law Groundbreaking

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Good news for local aspiring lawyers (and those working in low-paying media jobs whose mothers hope they’ll one day bring home an aspiring lawyer), Concordia University is finally breaking ground on their new School of Law—and it’s in eyelash-batting distance from everyone’s favorite locally-owned independent alt-weekly!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22, from 10-11 a.m., crowds will gather outside 501 S. Front St. downtown to kick off the construction of Boise’s first law school.

Portland, Ore.-based Concordia University, a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university, has already purchased the two-story, 17,000-square-foot building that used to contain Oaas Laney and Adecco. The nonprofit law school also plans to develop another 30,000-square-foot space to house classrooms and offices.

The School of Law, which is currently in the process of seeking accreditation through from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has tapped former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak to serve as dean and plans to open in 2011.

Tomorrow’s groundbreaking event features a speech by Mayor Dave Bieter as well as appearances by Silak, Concordia University President Charles Schlimpert and reps from the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals.

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