Commons Law: UCLA Law Student Lounge to Get Upgrade Thanks to $1 Million Gift

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A major renovation of the Arthur N. Greenberg '52 and Audrey Greenberg Student Commons in the summer of 2018 will upgrade more than 3,800 square feet of space.

UCLA School of Law alumnus Arthur Greenberg, a member of the school’s first graduating class and a prominent figure in the Los Angeles legal firmament, has pledged $1 million to renovate the student commons at UCLA Law. The gift will expand the student lounge, already named in honor of Greenberg and his late wife, Audrey, and transform it into a more contemporary and functional space.

The remodel will include expansion of the commons to the second floor of the law building, where a locker room above the existing lounge will be repurposed into a room with flexible furniture, so students can create configurations that suit their needs. The renovation of more than 3,800 square feet is expected to take place during the summer of 2018 and be complete when classes resume the following fall.

The gift is Greenberg’s latest act20171106 GreenbergLoungeNameStencil of largesse designed to enhance the student experience at the law school. A substantial 2005 donation brought about an earlier update of the lounge.

Greenberg recalls that when he enrolled in 1949, the law school was housed in three Quonset huts — one for classes, one a library and the other for faculty offices.

“There was no place for law students to meet, study, prepare for class, relax or socialize,” says Greenberg, who earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from UCLA before founding Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger in 1959.

Conditions for UCLA Law students have since improved. The current lounge is across the corridor from the main law school classrooms, and student amenities now include the spacious and beautiful Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, multiple indoor and outdoor places to study and socialize, as well as ping-pong and foosball tables for students looking to take a break.

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The existing second-floor locker room will transform into a flexible-use space.

Nonetheless, Greenberg sees an opportunity to do more.

“With the present law school enrollment, the existing student commons needs to be improved and substantially doubled in size,” he says. “Based upon my wonderful experience as a lawyer and as a founder of the Greenberg Glusker law firm, I am pleased to fund the enhancement and enlargement of the Greenberg Student Commons.”

Greenberg is a longtime member of the UCLA Law Board of Advisors, and he was honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1978.

“As a member of UCLA Law’s very first class, Arthur was a true leader, serving as the first student-body president and on the inaugural law review editorial board,” says UCLA Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin. “With this remarkable gift, he continues his legacy of leadership and furthers his commitment to our school and its students.”