Justice Department officials today announced plans to ramp up training and education efforts in South Carolina.
Deputy Attorney General David Ogden said the department would lease about 326,000 square feet of space on the campus of the University of South Carolina to house operations and staff for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and new state-of-the-art courtrooms, classrooms, and meeting space for seminars and conferences.
The university is home to the National Advocacy Center, a training center for local, state and federal lawyers that opened in 1998. More than 170,000 federal and state personnel from around the country have passed through its doors. The relocation, to a building adjacent to the NAC, will save the department an estimated $42.8 million over the 20-year period of the lease, officials said.
“What we will build here will serve the cause of justice for generations to come,” Ogden said during a news conference at the NAC. He announced the project alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), university President Harris Pastides, Director of EOUSA H. Marshall Jarrett and W. Walter Wilkins, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.