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Moot Courtroom Turned into Classroom, Skylights Return

vulnerability to a rainstorm: they leaked. Soon after, they were removed, taking with them all of the natural light from the space.


In January 2011, when students returned from the holiday break, a modern leak-proof version of those skylights had appeared, and the moot courtroom was no longer a moot courtroom. It had been transformed into the newest and one of the largest classrooms at the law school.

Now known as Room 2404, the airy classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, but it “remains true to our architect Antoine Predock’s wonderful vision of a courtroom rep- resenting the centrality of the common law in the heart of the building,” said Dean Kevin Washburn.

hortly after the moot courtroom hosted its first oral argument in 1971, its magnificent skylights, designed to brighten up the circular room’s somber interior, showed their


Pamela Minzner Papers Donated to Law School

rofessional writings of The Hon- orable Pamela B. Minzner have

been donated to the University of New Mexico School of Law Archives. Minzner was one of the first female professors at the school, from 1973- 1984. Following her death in 2007, the school established the Pamela B. Minzner Chair in Professionalism.

“Pamela’s major intellectual inter- ests were the law and history,” said her widower, Richard Minzner. “It is gratifying to feel that she is able, even now, to contribute to both.”

Students relax before class.

Professor Ted Occhialino teaches one of the first classes in the new classroom.

Justice Pamela Minzner

She left the law school to join the New Mexico Court of Appeals, where she served for 10 years, including one year as chief judge. In 1994, Minzner was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court and later became the first woman to serve as chief justice. She re- mained on the high court until her death.

“The UNM School of Law was an important part of my mother’s life and career,” said her son, Max Minzner, who will be joining the UNM law faculty in fall 2011. “I’m very pleased that her papers can become part of the holdings of the law school library. I hope they can serve as a resource for future scholars and lawyers in the State of New Mexico.”

The Minzner collection contains a rich sampling of her profes- sional research files: writings from the full expanse of her career, along with her speeches from 1984 to 2007, ranging from ad- dresses at high school law days to keynotes at the State Bar’s an- nual conference.

“Given Justice Minzner’s long career in so many aspects of New Mexico legal history, this is an especially important collection,” said Archivist David Myers. “It is a wonderful addition to the Law Library’s holdings.”



Room 2404 is now available for naming. For more information about this highly visible and noteworthy naming

opportunity, please call 505.277.1038, or email Hannah Farrington, assistant dean for advancement, at

The Alice King collection of personal papers has been catalogued and is now open for research. For information, contact David Myers, archivist and special collections librarian, at 505.277.6796 or


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