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Hollydene Beach at Dusk - Mike Tallim
Photo by JD student Mike Tallim ('13)

Calvin Sandborn Environmental Rights Award

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!!

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 - Indspire Youth Laureate

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.

240 Canadian law professors call for suspension of Safe Third Country Agreement

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.

Letter of support for Muslim members of our community

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.

Alumnus Herman Van Ommen sworn in as Law Society of BC president

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 Teaches at McGill’s Indigenous Legal Traditions Integration Week

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.

Reconciliation blog runner-up for Clawbie

On December 31, the Reconciliation Syllabus blog was named a runner-up in the Change and Advocacy category of the “Clawbies” – the awards for the best Canadian Law Blogs. The Reconciliation Syllabus was founded in June 2015 by UVic Law professor Rebecca Johnson, Associate Dean Gillian Calder and Vancouver lawyer Elin Sigurdson. Its purpose is to create a collaborative space for professors, lawyers and students from across the country “to gather together ideas about resources and pedagogies to support recommendation #28 of the TRC Calls to Action” – another example of this Faculty’s engagement with Indigenous laws and the TRC’s recommendations. Well done Professors Johnson and Calder!

Kayleigh Harrison wins Canadian Tax Foundation award

Uvic Law student Kayleigh Harrison has won the 2015-2016 Canadian Tax Foundation Student Paper Prize for her paper in Martha O’Brien’s Advanced Tax course last spring: “Seeking Harmonious Resolution: Examining the Treatment of Canadian Orchestral Musicians with Regard to Their Status as Employees or Independent Contractors.” The prize comes with $2000 and the abstract is published in the Canadian Tax Journal. Every year prizes are awarded regionally, with up to four prizes across Canada. Kayleigh’s paper won the Canadian Tax Foundation-Bert Wolfe Nitikman Foundation Award for the Western Provinces. Yara Nosikova, another advanced tax student of Martha O’Brien’s, won the prize last year, and Nadine Russell won the prize in 2010. In fact, Martha’s advanced tax students have won this prize five times; more than those of any other tax professor in the country. Congratulations Kayleigh!

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Last day for (full term) course changes - 2017-05-15

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Victoria Day (no classes) - 2017-05-22

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