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Dean's Message

Weyk’t and greetings to all friends of TRU Law. We have been busy since we sent out our inaugural e-newsletter in December. With this spring edition of @TRULaw we bring you the latest from 2017.

Each semester I continue to be amazed at the impressive things happening in our faculty. From high-profile guest speakers visiting our beautiful campus, to engaged student clubs and expanded learning opportunities, to a growing faculty involved in cutting-edge research and alumni employed in impressive articling, clerkship and associate positions, there is a lot to be excited about here at TRU Law.

I invite you to read about what's happening, exciting student success and engagement stories, alumni success stories and faculty and research highlights.

This spring the Faculty of Law is also undertaking the exercise of developing a new comprehensive strategic plan. As such, I encourage you as a stakeholder of TRU Law, to participate in our online survey to provide your feedback on this exciting initiative that will inform our direction for the next three to five years.

Finally, let me remind you of our fourth convocation happening on Friday, June 9 (details at bottom). 

Please share any comments or story ideas at any time to lawnews@tru.ca. 

Warm regards,
Bradford W. Morse
Dean and Professor of Law

WHAT'S HAPPENING 

Strategic priorities: We want to hear from you

Strategic priorities: We want to hear from you

We are inviting all stakeholders to take an online survey to provide input towards our strategic plan. Have your say until May 12.

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Chief Justice Robert Bauman

Students, VIPs celebrate at spring awards

Eleven students received over $35,000 at the TRU Law spring awards ceremony in March. Several distinguished guests were in attendance.

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TRU Law hosted BC Cup, took second

Five students competed in the annual BC Law Schools Competitive Moot in February. The event was held for the first time in Kamloops.

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Justice Cromwell

Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) visits TRU, calls students to action

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell visited TRU Law in early February and spoke about why everyone should care about access to justice. 

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Students, President, participated in reconciliation field trip

Students visited the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in January as part of an annual field trip for first-year students.

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International law exchange opportunities growing

TRU Law currently offers exchanges in Germany and France. The faculty plans to add Australia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic to the mix.

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2017 TRU Law Career Fair

Career fair informative for students

TRU Law's second annual career fair, held in March, drew over one hundred students and 17 prospective employers.

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Our team continues to grow

TRU Law is pleased to welcome Andrew Pilliar and Samuel Singer, who will begin their 3-year tenure track appointments on July 1. This brings the faculty complement to one full professor, ten associate professors and six assistant professors. 

Read more about our team at TRU Law.

STUDENT SUCCESS AND ENGAGEMENT

Battle of the Apps 2017

First-ever Battle of the Apps

In mid-April, students presented apps they created to a panel of judges. The project was part of the new course Designing Legal Expert Systems: Apps for Access to Justice.

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Students gained valuable experience in first-year moot court 

Students practised oral advocacy skills as they appeared in front of volunteer judges in March as part of their Fundamental Legal Skills course. 

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Justice Shehni Dossa

Women judges share wisdom

Twenty-four female students gathered in mid-March for an intimate evening with four female judges to learn about their career paths.

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Students learn to screen for family violence

In March, students took a weekend course in family violence screening, learning about how family power imbalances may impact clients' lives.

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SLS 2017 Conference

Student law conference a success

The Society of Law Students annual conference, held in February, drew hundreds of law students and others, thanks to its lineup of high-profile speakers.

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Black law club celebrates diversity

Cemeka Douglas and the Black Law Students' Association welcomed distinguished speakers to hear their stories and to mark Black History month.

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JCAP Showcase

Advocating for social justice

Students and their peers and mentors from across the country gathered in February to share their work in the area of social justice.

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TRU Law Hockey Arbitration competition.

Students compete in NHL arbitration simulation

Four students participated in the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada in Toronto in November '16.

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ALUMNI SUCCESS

Law grad on CBC's The Current: Court scheduling app

Nawel Izard, JD 2016, spoke on the national radio program in February about Summons, an app she and a team created to address court delays.

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TRU Law connects Kamloops alumni

Young lawyers in the Kamloops area gathered for the first-ever Kamloops TRU Law alumni event, held in February. 

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Law grad articling at think tank

Kim Jensen, JD 2016, is currently articling at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Alum co-published with prof in Oxford journal

Nikta Shirazian, JD 2016, and Associate Prof. Chris Hunt, have published her supervised research from a directed studies course last year.

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FACULTY & RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Associate Professor Margaret Hall

Access to education: Are BC students best-served by legal remedy?

Assistant Prof. Margaret Hall will uncover whether learning disabled students benefit from the current human rights remedy, or if there's a better solution.

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Whose Games are they anyway?

In his new book, Assistant Prof. Ryan Gauthier discusses the debate over the legitimacy of the Olympic Games how the mega event is evolving. 

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Researchers team up to solve community challenges

Assistant Prof. Katie Sykes is working to ignite social innovation, supported by the Community-Driven Research Fund.

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Dr. Richard Oppong

Book honours Ghanaian legal scholar

Associate Prof. Dr. Richard Oppong has co-edited a book compiled in honour of a fellow Ghanaian scholar.

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Sessional TRU Law instructor David Paul, QC, was one of five TRU alumni that was recognized at this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Fifteen internal research grants awarded

Two TRU Law professors are part of a group of fifteen TRU researchers awarded 2017 Internal Research Fund grants.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring Convocation
June 9, 2017

We are celebrating the convocation of TRU Law's fourth graduating class. Please join us in the Tournament Capital Centre at 2pm to cheer on the Class of 2017. If you are unable to attend, a livestream link will be available (check back to our website). 

FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE EVENTS, PLEASE CHECK WWW.TRU.CA/LAW/NEWS FOR EVENT DETAILS AND INFORMATION.