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Special Interest Throughout their six-week crash ing of what it means to be a lawyer. leagues in the near future. course in trial advocacy, the students in- What better place to give that expe- The PSC plans to expand the LAW teracted with dozens of legal profession- rience and understanding than at Resto- project to include other schools in the als. More than one student remarked at ration Academy? Restoration Academy Birmingham area, possibly as early as next how surprised they were at the variety of provides a quality, private education to year. If you or your law firm would like people that practice law. One Restora- predominantly lower-income families to participate in the PSC initiative, please tion Academy junior insightfully noted in the Fairfield and greater Birmingham contact PSC chairperson, Honora Gath- that there is not one type of person who area. The school developed in response ings, at hgathings@gathingslaw.com. makes a good lawyer. “You can be your own person, bring your own personality If you would like to volunteer orto crime and violence in the lives of youth to the profession.” destructive lifestyles of fatherlessness, Restorationdonate toand in an effort to overcome potentially It is encouraging to hear that the functional illiteracy, and incarceration. Academy, course changed perspectives. One prac- The school is committed to providing please contact tical benefit to the program was to give outlets for kids to grow into their full po- Ty Williams at young people the valuable experience of tential. Restoration Academy prides itself etywilliams@ preparing for and conducting a mock on its high college acceptance rate. In the restoratio- trial. However, the program’s goal was to previous five school years all of its gradu- nacademy.org. give students who might not otherwise ates were accepted into college. With the G have considered entering the legal profes- LAW initiative, perhaps Birmingham sion a broader view and real understand- will see some of these graduates as col- Contributor Doug Robertson Birmingham School of Law Announces Plans for New Campus Birmingham School of Law, which has operated from sev- eral offices in downtown Birmingham since 1915, announces plans to renovate and then move into the historic 1929 J.F. Oates building in Birmingham. “The move will mark the first time in our nearly 100-year history that the law school has had its own building. It’s going to offer the school a true campus with fully modern classroom space,” said James L. Bushnell, Dean, Birmingham School of Law. The move will give the school about 40 percent more room The historic J.F. Oates building, soon to be the new Birmingham School of Law campus. than its current location. The building, which was designed and built as an auto dealership, includes ramps allowing cars to be Avenue South, the building is close to interstates and other major high- driven up to each of its three floors. Preliminary design plans ways which is important because a significant portion of the school’s include retaining the ramp between the first two floors to use students commute from other cities to the evening and weekend classes. the floor for stadium seating in an auditorium. Renovation is scheduled to begin this fall of 2012, with an antici- Located in the Birmingham City Center at 2200 Third pated move-in by fall semester 2013.G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2012 39


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