Kevin R. Boyle (’97), a founding partner of the Los Angeles-based firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, has contributed $1 million to the effort, establishing the Kevin R. Boyle Trial Courtroom, which will take the place of our current trial courtroom and a classroom. When renovations are completed, the Kevin R. Boyle Trial Courtroom will be a modernized space with room for 50 observers in the gallery and a space that can serve as a jury room or a conference room.
Kevin specializes in resolving large, high-profile plaintiffs cases by trial or settlement. His notable victories include an $800 million settlement with MGM Resorts on behalf of the families and victims of the 2017 Las Vegas music festival shooting and a $13.5 million settlement with Boeing following a helicopter crash in Iraq, which is the largest known settlement for military personnel injured during the Iraq war. He shares,
"I am honored that University of Arizona Law presented me with this opportunity. I am hopeful that this state-of-the art courtroom will attract talented students interested in trial practice, and help set them on their way to all forms of successful trial careers."
Spaces that Reflect Modern Legal Practice
With the "A New Day in Court" initiative, University of Arizona Law will create fully functional, state-of-the-art spaces that give students experience in modern courtroom settings.
Planned renovations include:
• Combining an existing classroom and the jury courtroom into a professional, modern, trial courtroom fully visible through a glass partition
• Remodeling the existing appellate courtroom to create a flexible, dual-purpose appellate courtroom and classroom
• Constructing a new dual-purpose jury deliberation/conference room
• Remodeling the south lobby to create new study spaces and an unrestricted view of courtroom activities
• Adaptable, cutting-edge technology and audiovisual capabilities throughout
In addition to the $4 million needed for the building renovations, the "A New Day in Court" initiative is raising $2 million for an endowed chair of advocacy, an endowed professorship, and an endowment fund to support student experiential advocacy activities, such as travel to trial competitions.
Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian Contributes $250,000 to Fundraising Effort