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UB Law to get $250K donation from DLA Piper

DLA Piper US LLP will drop $250,000 into the funding bucket for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s new $107 million building, the firm announced Monday.

The donation from DLA Piper, which evolved from mergers with Baltimore-based Piper & Marbury and other firms over the last two decades, will allow it to put its name on two water features on the site: a water wall in a garden outside the building and a stairway waterfall in the lobby, the announcement said.

The 12-story building on Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue began construction in August 2010 and is slated to open in January. Like the current building, it will be named the John and Frances Angelos Law Center in honor of the parents of trial lawyer Peter G. Angelos, who has contributed $10 million.

Wm. Roger Truitt, senior counsel at DLA Piper’s Light Street office in Baltimore and a University of Baltimore School of Law alumnus, said the donation is a way for him and 19 other UB Law alumni at DLA Piper’s five offices in the United States to thank their alma mater.

“DLA Piper and its UB Law alumni are extremely grateful for the education they received at UB Law and want to see the law school continue to grow in its service to the legal and local communities,” Truitt said in a statement.

Truitt was vacationing and could not be reached for comment Monday.

The news comes in the wake of other big changes at the law school, including the recent announcement of the selection of its next dean, Ronald Weich, currently assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in the United States Department of Justice. The school also saw its law school rankings rise in the latest U.S. News & World Report in March, moving from the 117th spot in the country to 113.

“We appreciate the generous support of DLA Piper toward our new law center project,” said Robert L. Bogomolny, president of the University of Baltimore, in a statement. “The firm’s recognition of the UB School of Law’s reach and impact on the region’s legal community is now a prominent and permanent part of the center, and we’re proud to see it come to fruition.”