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Dean's Message

Weyt-kp and greetings to all friends of TRU Law from myself and Harlek (my furry companion pictured with me here). I hope you all had a wonderful summer! 

As we head further into fall, I wanted to share a few highlights so far from 2017.

Convocation in late spring was a wonderful time celebrating the graduation of our sixth class. I am proud to say TRU Law now boasts over 350 alumni! I invite you to peruse the album and highlights from the ceremony, including LSBC Gold Medal recipient Simon Meijers and addresses by honorary degree recipient Senator Murray Sinclair and our first valedictorian, Eli Zbar.

The summer months tend to be a slower time; however, I offer kudos to the student and faculty editorial team for the publication of our in-house journal, the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, which released its third volume. 

Also of note, BC's new Justice Minister, the Honourable David Eby, QC, popped by for a friendly visit in July, making TRU Law his unofficial first visit to BC's three law schools.

Meanwhile, our students, alumni and faculty continue to engage in interesting, meaningful and far-reaching projects, from involvement with a United Nations committee to establishing pride in a small town to advocacy in the Supreme Court of Canada to researching trans rights and access to justice.

We also launched the TRU chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, and I know you'll enjoy the story of how our student body came together to help a fellow colleague succeed in the wake of a health crisis.

Finally, we are pleased to announce the TRU Law family has welcomed several new faculty and staff members.

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 

Chief Judge welcomes law class of 2020

At the Faculty of Law opening assembly in early September, a panel of distinguished guests addressed the seventh class of TRU Law.

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Law students, faculty publish third volume of journal

Last summer, students and faculty editors-in-chief produced the third volume of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law.

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Justice Minister visits TRU Law

The Honourable David Eby, QC, BC's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, visited students and faculty in late July.

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Murray Sinclair and Wally Oppal

Spring convocation highlights

Senator Murray Sinclair received an honorary degree at the TRU Law convocation ceremony in June.

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Our team continues to grow

We are pleased to welcome new faculty members Andrew Pilliar, Samuel Singer and Jeffrey B. Meyers, who bring a range of exciting teaching, legal practice and research expertise. We are also pleased to welcome Interim Associate Dean Iwan Saunders and Interim Assistant Dean Marla Billinghurst.

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STUDENT SUCCESS AND ENGAGEMENT

Mentorship program links lawyers and students

Sixty-three pairs of students and mentors have been matched for the 2017-2018 CBABC Mentorship Program. Over 50 mentors are TRU Law alumni.

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TRU Law at US sports law negotiation competition

Students Karen Perry and Jesse Olynyk competed at the US-based National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in September.

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Law students launch pro bono club

In September, TRU Law officially launched a chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, a club that will provide free legal services to local organizations.

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Students to intervene at Supreme Court of Canada

The TRU OutLaws, in concert with UVic and UBC LGBTQ groups, have been granted intervener status by the SCC, appearing in November 2017. Grace McDonell drafted the factum in the appeal. 

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Law student wins national essay contest

Nick Cundari took top prize this spring for his paper on the conflict between Aboriginal title and private property owners in the Secwepemc territory.

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Zain Ali

Heartfelt support for law student

After suffering a massive heart attack last year and missing weeks of class, Zain Ali says he has recovered academically thanks to classmates' support.

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Family history inspires next generation

Last summer, student Charlotte Munroe and her family came face-to-face with the ceremonial headdress worn by her family’s predecessors nearly 140 years ago.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Grande Prairie Pride sidewalk

Proud to be a TRU Law alum

JC Rees (TRU Law '14) practices law in the small northern Alberta city of Grande Prairie. She is also president of the local Pride Society.

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FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

Research that builds community

TRU's fifth annual report on research highlights the work of our faculty across all departments, including TRU Law's Tesh Dagne. 

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New law faculty member researching trans rights

New law faculty member researching trans rights

Samuel Singer shared his research at the Canadian Human Rights Commission's 2017 symposium Beyond Labels in September.

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New law faculty member improving access to justice

Andrew Pilliar wants to know why half of all Canadians with a legal issue do not seek legal assistance and what can be done about it.

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Oppong delivers inaugural lecture at Ghana Academy

In September Dr. Richard Oppong was interviewed following his inaugural lecture at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he is a Fellow.

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Oppong joins Royal Society of Canada

In September, Dr. Oppong was also selected as a new member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Working to eliminate racial discrimination

Working to eliminate racial discrimination

Assistant Professor Nicole Schabus was at the United Nations in August for meetings of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Law prof wins vigilantism complaint

In July, the BC Privacy Commissioner agreed with Craig Jones' complaint that the Surrey Creep Catchers acted illegally.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Indigenous Women Water Defenders: Local to Global
October 19, 6-8:30pm. 

Learn about strategies used to raise Indigenous, environmental and social justice concerns about proposed resource-extraction projects.

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PLEASE CHECK WWW.TRU.CA/LAW/NEWS FOR EVENT DETAILS AND INFORMATION.