UofM’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law hosting Customs, Courthouses and Cecil C.: The Redesign of our Historic Home on Friday

Nov. 1, 2022 — The University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hosting Customs, Courthouses and Cecil C.: The Redesign of our Historic Home on Friday at 5 p.m. on the fourth floor in the historic courtroom.

Attendees will learn about the history and intensive redesign of the UofM Law School, as well as the story of its transformation from a U.S. Customs House, Federal Courthouse and U.S. Post Office into the Law School facility it is today.

Presenters include Bill Nixon, lead architect and project director for the building, Professor Barbara Kritchevsky, the Honorable Judge Gina Higgins of the Fourth District of the Circuit Court and Samantha Bennett, esq of Lewis Tomason.

Memphis Law has been ranked No. 1 nationally three times in 2014, 2018 and 2020 for having the "Best Law School Facilities" in the nation by preLaw magazine and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The $42 million renovation began in early 2008.

In January 2010, nearly 500 students, professors and staff began occupying the now 169,000-square-foot building, which functions as a state-of-the-art, 21st-century learning environment, complete with wireless Internet access, an open and accessible law library and all the comforts of a modern, high-tech facility. Despite the renovations, the building retains much of its historic look and will continue to serve the Memphis community for decades to come.

This event is co-sponsored by the UofM Law School Moot Court Board. Reservations for the event will be taken through Nov. 2. Contact Antonia Onidas at aonidas1@memphis.edu or 901.678.4922 to learn more information.