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UK College of Law Dean Allan Vestal and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) tour the newly renovated Center for Distance Learning in the Law School.

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The new facilities include two 100-person classrooms, a 50-person classroom, and a combination seminar/practice courtroom. These rooms will be used for community legal education, education for Commonwealth of Kentucky prosecutors, and distance learning for UK law students. Already, the facility has been used for programs involving high school students across Kentucky who are studying legal ethics and for a distance learning class in which UK law students received instruction – together with students at Florida State University.

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August 29, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky College of Law unveiled today its new U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell Center for Distance Learning.

The renovations, which began in 2001, were made possible through a $750,000 Justice Department earmark secured by Sen. McConnell, a 1967 UK College of Law graduate, and $250,000 from UK’s program for classroom renovations.

The new facilities include two 100-person classrooms, a 50-person classroom, and a combination seminar/practice courtroom. These rooms will be used for community legal education, education for Commonwealth of Kentucky prosecutors, and distance learning for UK law students. Already, the facility has been used for programs involving high school students across Kentucky who are studying legal ethics and for a distance learning class in which UK law students received instruction – together with students at Florida State University.

“As a person who has been involved in this type of technology from its birth, I can tell you that these truly are state-of-the-art classrooms,” UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said. “With Senator McConnell’s help, the university now has a model for the other classrooms we need to renovate and upgrade to allow us to be competitive with our benchmarks.”

“This is another way for the University of Kentucky to extend itself to all parts of the Commonwealth, to make the educational and intellectual resources of our flagship university available to all Kentuckians,” McConnell said.

“These rooms have gone from being some of the worst teaching venues on campus to being the best,” Allan Vestal, dean of the UK College of Law, said. “This was made possible by the loyalty and leadership of Senator McConnell and we are here today to thank him.”


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