The University of Hawaii is preparing to break ground on a new building for the William S. Richardson School of Law.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday evening at UH Manoa.

Once complete, the clinical building will connect to the existing law school via a second-floor walkway. It will provide space for the growing clinical care offered by law school students and faculty as part of course work for graduation. They provide thousands of hours of free legal help to the elderly, troubled and incarcerated youth, veterans, and families living at or near poverty levels.

The building will also provide much-needed space to develop practical trial and advocacy skills.

The building has been more than a decade in the planning, with funding approved by the state Legislature in 2013 for a $7 million package of bonds that includes $3.5 million in general obligation bonds backed by the state, and the authorization of $3.5 million in revenue bonds backed by the law school’s own funding, through a combination of tuition and philanthropy.

The law firm Davis Levin Livingston and its foundation committed a $1 million leadership gift to the building and its new Advocacy and Trial Practice Center.

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