Re-dedication Gross Appellate Courtroom, Adjoining Classrooms
The renovated Gross Appellate Courtroom in the School of Law and two adjoining classrooms were re-dedicated in April. The classrooms are named for former dean Patrick Borchers, J.D., and Dean Emeritus Rodney Shkolnick, J.D.
The Borchers Room was a gift of Donald, JD’78, and Daphne Campbell. The Shkolnick Room was given by 21 alumni, friends, faculty and staff, to recognize Shkolnick for 51 years of service. New podiums were a gift of Senior U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom, JD’53. Seating was provided by: Daniel J. Cole and Katherine Swinarksi Cole; The Omaha Law League; Gettman & Mills, LLP; Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman, LLP; Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, LLP; Neil & Geraldine Welch; Thomas H. and Thomas L. Dahlk; Brien and Jacquie Welch; Lamson, Dugan and Murray; Bryan S. Mick, and the Malek Charitable Trust.
The original courtroom was a 1974 gift of the late Daniel J. Gross, JD’16, founding partner of Gross & Welch. Over the years, electrical and sound systems could not keep pace with technology. The firm of Fraser Stryker underwrote improvements that make it possible for students to now access laptops and other electronic devices in class. Dean Marianne Culhane said that the school is grateful. For many students and alumni, the Gross Appellate Courtroom is a symbol of their entrance into the profession, a functional courtroom as well as a classroom.