Biden to visit University of Baltimore law school opening

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will visit a new, $112 million building next month that will house the University of Baltimore School of Law, school officials said Monday.

The John and Frances Angelos Law Center, which has been under construction since 2010 and is an anchor of development in the North Charles Street corridor, will also host Gov. Martin O'Malley and Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell during a series of opening celebrations next month.

"This new building … and these special events signify not only the importance of the law center to the Baltimore community but also the impact it will have on the legal community nationwide," University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny said in a statement.

The facility will keep the name of the school's existing law building — named for the parents of alumnus Peter Angelos, who contributed $15 million to the new center, school officials said. The building, designed by Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore and Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany, is at the corner of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue.

Biden's visit, which will come April 16, will be the second time the vice president attends an event in Maryland in as many months. He is also set to speak at an event on domestic violence homicides in Montgomery County on Wednesday.

A grand opening celebration for the new law center, featuring Kagan, will take place April 30.

The center's design, which school officials say will be a model for green buildings, won praise from a pair of government architectural review panels in 2010, according to news reports at the time.

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