University of Victoria LL.M. candidate, Preeti Dhaliwal, received a 2017 Graduate Student Award of Merit from the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. The annual award is given out to up to 4 recipients who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic standing. Preeti is a critical race feminist, lawyer, writer, performer and facilitator.
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A complete round-up of the 2017 mooting season.
Calvin Sandborn, Legal Director of UVic’s Environmental Law Centre, was awarded the 2017 Svitlana Kravchenko Environmental Rights Award at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (March 2-5) in Eugene Oregon. Here is an excerpt from the institution’s description of the award: “The award winner is chosen from those who carry on in Svitlana's spirit: having exquisite qualities of both head and heart; mixing academic rigor with spirited activism; and speaking truth to power, while exhibiting kindness toward all. Also in that spirit, the award winner inspires young adults to reach for the stars, while keeping their feet firmly planted in the Earth they want to protect, as Svitlana did. The award goes to a person who makes broad impacts in the law while working to support local communities. The award winner insists that environmental rights and human rights are indivisible, as did Svitlana Kravchenko, a daughter of Ukraine who became a citizen of America and the entire world.”
2017 SLAUGHTER CUP CHAMPIONS!! March 13, 2017 By: Ian Gauthier, UVic Law student and Men's Slaughter Cup team captain Wallace Field at the University of Victoria was host to a wet and wild event on Saturday, March 11th. Rain poured down all morning and for the majority of the women’s game. Luckily, the sun broke through, and the UVic men were offered a reprieve from the weather, only to contend with the mud. Yet the weather did not dampen the spirits of the UVic fan base. The UVic Law student body came out in full force with costumes, signs, and noise makers: a big shout-out to Gi-Gi Pao for rocking the bagpipes from the sideline! It was unclear whether official Slaughter Cup commentators Sam Maroney and Will McClary knew that they were speaking at a rugby game, rather than a DJ battle and a cattle auction. For what this rag-tag duo lacks in fashion sense, sporting knowledge, and social decorum, they make up for with bad jokes and heartfelt birthday wishes.
Elizabeth Zarpa (JD UVic Law '15) will be speaking at the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour event in Winnipeg on April 27, 2017. She received an Indspire Youth – Inuit award in 2013. She also received the Eloise Spitzer Scholarship (UVic) in 2015. Indspire received funding from the Canada 150 Fund to showcase the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour in highly interactive panel discussions to be hosted in seven cities – Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Yellowknife. The Laureates will share motivational stories of their childhood, education, challenges and post-graduate success. Elizabeth is currently working for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, an advocacy organization working to develop and enhance social, cultural, economic, health and environmental situations for the Inuit of Canada while completing her P.hD. at UVic Law.
On the 31st of January, 2017, a letter signed by over 240 law professors in Canada was sent to the Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship requesting the suspension of the safe third country agreement. The letter was read in Parliament that night during an emergency debate called to deal with the fallout from President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Syrian refugees and bar entry of nationals of seven mostly Muslim countries. Suspending the safe third country agreement between Canada and the U.S. would open the door for refugees in the United States to seek asylum in Canada. The letter, which you can read here, was organized by Sean Rehaag, a professor at Osgoode Hall law school, with contributions from Donald Galloway (UVic Law), Efrat Arbel (UBC Law), Audrey Macklin (UToronto Law), and Sharry Aiken (Queens). The response to the letter has been nothing short of remarkable, with a large percentage of Canada’s law professors signing it. This sends a clear message that the Canadian law community sees the law as a means to help the most vulnerable in our society, and around the world.
Many of you will have heard of the terrible news out of Quebec last night, in which six people were killed, others wounded, in a shooting during evening prayers at a Quebec City mosque. The shootings are an abomination. They are the ultimate in the unreasoning violence that can stem from bigotry. We know that all of us condemn them in the strongest terms. It is crucially important that we, today and each day, affirm our solidarity with those who are targeted by such actions not because of anything that they have done, but purely and simply because of their faith. Members of the Muslim faith are integral members of this community. They deserve affirmation and support, now above all. Indeed, we suspect that the Muslim members of our community are feeling especially under siege now, also as a result of the Executive Order that US President Donald Trump signed on Friday banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and the admission of refugees to the United States. That order has the potential to materially disrupt the lives of students, staff, and faculty of this University – graduate students who are unable to travel to Canada to begin their programs; students or faculty who are unable to participate in teaching programs, conferences, or research that would take them to the United States. It is a blow to the very openness of learning and exchange that is at the heart of what it means to be a University. And, in its indiscriminate impact on people from countries distinguished by their faith, it both proceeds from and reinforces attitudes grounded in bigotry and prejudice.
Our alumnus, Herman Van Ommen (’84), was sworn in today as the first UVic grad to become President of the Law Society of BC. Herman is a commercial litigator and arbitrator at McCarthy Tétrault, where he was Regional Managing Partner until spring 2015. He has been a great friend of the Faculty. Herman will also be receiving the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Law on February 8 during a ceremony held in the Songhees Wellness Centre. Congratulations, Herman!
Val Napoleon joined Hadley Friedland, Uvic Law alumus and visiting professor at the University of Alberta as part of a one-week intensive course to teach McGill law students about Indigenous Legal Traditions. The course taught the methodology developed by Val and Hadley, which is used by Uvic law’s Indigenous Law Research Unit. The Indigenous Law Research Unit, founded and led by Val, is the only dedicated Indigenous law research centre in the country. The Unit’s team works in collaboration with Indigenous communities to articulate their Indigenous laws, delivers workshops, and produces academic and public legal education materials on Indigenous law and critical Indigenous legal issues. Val and the Unit team are also committed to developing curriculum to Uvic law’s anticipated JID (common law/Indigenous laws) degree program.
University of Victoria Law PhD student Aaron Mills received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Talent award—one of its five “Impact Awards”—at a ceremony in Ottawa today. Mills’ work is at the forefront of the movement to restore and revitalize Indigenous systems of law, one of the central recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
- Reconciliation blog runner-up for Clawbie
- Kayleigh Harrison wins Canadian Tax Foundation award
- Aaron Mills shortlisted for SSHRC Award
- Calvin Sandborn receives VBA Contribution to the Law award
- Yaroslavna Nosikova wins essay prize
- Spindle whorl returns to Law building
- Emeritus Professor Donovan Waters receives STEP Lifetime Achievement Award
- Deborah Curran named REFBC Land Champion
- Dean Jeremy Webber elected Royal Society of Canada Fellow
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry Commissioners
- Indigenous water law project receives $350K in funding
- Call for papers: UVic and Songhees Nation host conference
- Students compete in International Client Consultation Competition
- Jordan Marks receives Legal Leaders for Diversity Scholarship
- John Borrows publishes new book
- Profs Lawrence and Liao recognized for teaching excellence
- Jordan Forbes receives John McLaren award
- 3 Supreme Court Clerkships
- Wilson and Fox Moot wins
- Mavis Gillie receives Honorary Doctorate of Laws
- UVic Law takes 1st place at Canadian Client Consultation Competition
- Slaughter Cup teams undefeated
- Maneesha Deckha Lansdowne Chair
- Meagan Hough wins award for best thesis in Western North America
- UVic Law establishes Access to Justice Centre for Excellence
- Indigenous Summer Intensive Courses offerred
- Provincial Court Judge and Queen's Counsel appointments
- New UVic Law alumni Benchers elected
- Madeleine Redfern re-elected mayor of Iqaluit
- Critical time for BC's new water law
- Carla Qualtrough sworn into new Liberal cabinet
- John McLaren elected ASLH fellow
- Carla Qualtrough and Murray Rankin win seats in Ottawa
- Yara Nosikova wins student tax prize
- John Borrows Appointed Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership
- Gerry Ferguson releases free Global Corruption book through UN
- Dentons Competition Winners
- AbCamp: 20 years of understanding
- Judicial appointments for three UVic Law alumni
- Gillian Calder named Associate Dean, Academic and Student Relations
- Alumnus Russell Brown appointed to Supreme Court of Canada
- Professor Liao joins the Philippe Kirsch Institute Advisory Network
- UVic Law responds to Recommendations 27 and 28 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- UVic Law confers honorary Doctorate on former BC Chief Justice Lance Finch
- Vistas talks business
- Indigenous Law Research Unit raises money through art
- Vistas Alumni Magazine wins CCAE Bronze award
- Alumni input survey for J.D. curriculum review
- Val Napoleon on the Revitalization of Indigenous Laws
- UVic Law Wins Big at 2015 Bowman National Tax Moot
- Law Students' Skit Night Edgy, Talented
- Harvard Law Grad Begins Fulbright Fellowship at UVic Law
- Madeleine Redfern Wins Indspire Award for Public Service
- UVic Law Marks 40th Anniversary with Weekend of Celebrations
- Asia Desk Forum 15-18 April 2015
- You're invited to UVic Law's 40th anniversary celebration on March 6-8!
- Doug White named UVic Law's Distinguished Alumni for 2015
- Indigenous Law at UVic celebrated in Vistas!
- Professor Hamar Foster receives Wuester Teaching Award
- UVic Law PhD student Ben Isitt re-elected to Victoria City Council and CRD Board
- Register today for UVic Law's next CPD seminar on Dec. 4
- Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella visits the UVic Faculty of Law
- Dr. Michelle Lawrence presents evidence to legislative committee
- PhD student Aaron Mills interviewed on McGill Law Journal Podcast
- National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development set to launch on October 6
- Faculty of Law seeks two tenure-track assistant professors
- Professor Kim Nayyer named Law Librarian of the Year
- New volume on Legal Histories of the British Empire edited by Emeritus Professor John McLaren
- LLM student named Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
- Alum Tino Di Bella awarded the CBABC President's Medal
- Mark Gillen's book, Corporations and Partnerships in Canada, published
- Summer marks arrival of new faculty to UVic Law
- Recent grad elected president of Tahltan Central Council
- Five-Year Report on the REAL Program
- Second edition of Canadian Telecommunications Regulatory Handbook 2014 now available!
- John Borrows awarded Honorary Doctorate from Dalhousie University
- John Borrows returns to UVic
- Mary Anne Waldron, QC, Wins CLSA Book Prize
- UVic Law Receives Grant to Produce Online Series in Indigenous Law
- UVic Law PhD Alumnus Supriya Routh Publishes Book
- UVic Law Professor Val Napoleon Wins Provost's Engaged Scholar Award
- UVic Professor James Tully Wins Award for Career Achievement in Research
- UVic to Host Conference on Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement on May 5 and 6
- UVic Law Alumnus Doug White named Interim Director of New Centre at VIU
- Three UVic Law Students Awarded Law Foundation of BC Graduate Fellowships
- Memorial Scholarship Fund Honours the Life of UVic Law Alumna
- UVic Law Professor Wins Legal Aid Leader Award
- Two UVic Law students land clerkships with the Supreme Court of Canada
- UVic Law students win 2 out of 3 awards at 7th annual Canadian Law Student Conference
- Justice Russ Brown appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal
- Katie Duke receives the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award
- UVic Law wins 2014 Wilson Moot Competition
- UVic Law’s Donna Greschner receives a Victoria Leadership Award
- UVic Law wins the 2014 McIntyre Cup Western Canada Mock Trial Moot
- UVic Law PhD candidate Ben Isitt to launch Russian translation of his book
- Michelle Zakrison (UVic LLM candidate) wins 2013 Diversity Writing Contest
- Professor Cassels’ and Adjin-Tettey’s textbook on Remedies – 3rd Edition is published
- Prof Gillian Calder’s edited book on polygamy is published
- Professor Kathryn Chan Awarded the 2014-15 Faculty Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
- UVic Professors cited by the Supreme Court of Canada
- Congrats to UVic Law alum appointed QC
- Professor Gerry Ferguson Awarded the 2014 Dentons Student Research Business Law Fellowship
- Congratulations to November 2013 UVic Law Graduates
- Prof Jamie Cassels installed as President of UVic
- Prof Gillian Calder awarded Terry J Wuester Teaching Award
- UVic Law Prof. Tollefson and ELC team wins National Conservation Award for Enbridge Work
- UVic Law alum Sarah Arngna'naaq wins Indspire Award
- Faculty of Law seeks two tenure-track assistant professor appointments
- Prof Gerry Ferguson obtains Learning Without Borders grant for internationalizing curriculum
- Prof Glenn Gallins, Law Centre Director, awarded the CBA's Georges A. Goyer, QC Memorial Award
- UVic Law grad students win both Law Society graduate scholarships
- PhD student, Aaron Mills, wins Vanier scholarship
- Student-run law journal is seeking submissions
- Myanmar constitutional democracy workshop report
- UVic Law student wins the UACES PhD thesis prize for 2013
- ELC concludes final argument at Northern Gateway Hearings
- Applications being accepted for Canada Research Chair
- Professor Jeremy Webber begins term as Dean of Law
- First year teaching award goes to Jamie Cassels
- Congratulations to the UVic Law Class of 2013
- Professor Val Napoleon receives grant for ground breaking Indigenous research initiative
- Professor Jamie Cassels, QC announced as next president of UVic
- Welcome to new UVic Law faculty members in January 2013
- UVic Law Alumnus appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC
- Congrats to UVic Alumni appointed Queen's Counsel
- Law Student recieves national Aboriginal award
- Congratulations to the Fall Class of 2012
- UVic Law Student Lands 'Big One' with Pipeline Hearings
- UVic Law's In Camera Photo Contest Begins
- UVic Law Congratulates Adjunct Professory Michael Manson on His Judicial Appointment
- A Summer Co-op Term in Kuala Lumpur
- McCarthy Tetrault LLP Reception Launches UVic Law's 2012-2013 Mooting Program
- UVic Law Alum Competes in the London Paralympic Games
- Law Centre Sharing Space With New Justice Access Centre
- UVic Law Faculty Videos on YouTube
- When the Water Dries Up - Water Entitlements Workshop
- UVic Law Student Honoured as a National Aboriginal Role Model
- Congratulations UVic Law Class of 2012
- PhD Student Qian Jing Receives Chinese Government Scholarship
- UVic Law receives largest single gift from alumnus
- UVic Law Announces the Launch of Vistas - the new UVic Law Alumni Publication
- Judith Sayers Appointed as Visiting NAEDC Chair by UVic Law and Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
- UVic Law appoints Lawson Lundell LLP Practitioner in Residence
- Don MacDonald ('80) receives Dean's Cup
- "8" The Play to be Performed at UVic Law
- UVic Law Student's Internship in East Timor
- The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree ('83)
- UVic Law Students to take on UBC Law Students in Slaughter Cup
- Students, Alumni and Donors Celebrated at Student Awards and Donor Recognition Ceremony
- Two New Entrance Scholarships
- Associate Dean Heather Raven appointed Queen's Counsel
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