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Dean Mary Anne Bobinski: Honouring a Legacy Transitions at the Faculty: Continuing the tradition of excellence in teaching and research The Gift: What the Allard gift means for the future of the law school

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6 Report on Giving – Naming of the Peter A. Allard School of Law

10 Profile: Cameron Strang

12 Interview with Dean Mary Anne Bobinski

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Publisher Allard School of Law Editor-in-Chief Dean Mary Anne Bobinski

Contents / Spring 2015

16 Honouring a Legacy: Mary Anne Bobinksi Mary Anne Bobinski, BA, JD, LLM, began serving as dean of the Allard School of Law in 2003 and will complete her term in 2015.

18 Transitions within the Faculty As the Allard School of Law experiences a time of transition, we pay tribute to long-serving faculty members who are concluding their teaching roles and recognize new faculty members who are already making their mark.

5 Message from UBC Law Alumni Association President and the Alumni Relations Manager

Allard School of Law Community 35 Faculty 37 Students 40 Alumni 48 Honour Roll

Report on Giving 7 Message from the Assistant Dean 10 The Road Less Travelled From litigator to music industry executive, alumnus Cameron Strang (‘92) is living his dream. by Jennifer Halyk

Art Director JNCD John Ngan Communication Design Photography Martin Dee Editorial Board Mary Anne Bobinski, Kari Streelasky Advisory Board Sarah Batut; Matt Brandon; Justice Janice Dillon; Anna Feglerska; Anne Giardini, QC; Annie Ho; Geordie Hungerford; Sarah Jones; Joan Rush; Betsy Segal; Brittany Skinner; Allen Soltan; James Spears; Martin Taylor, QC; Chris Trueman; Rod Urquhart; Fanda Wu

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departments 4 Message from the Dean

Proofreaders Jennifer Halyk, Jennifer Regan, Jeremy Schmidt Contributors Mary Anne Bobinski, Kinji Bourchier, Brenda Bouw, Andrea Fraser, Jennifer Halyk, Allan Jenkins, Jennifer Regan, Jeremy Schmidt, Roberta Staley, Kari Streelasky, Jennifer Wah

features 12 Interview with Dean Mary Anne Bobinksi As Dean Bobinski completes her term, she reflects on her time at the Faculty and her plans for the next chapter of her career. by Anna Lidstone

Managing Editor Jennifer Halyk

50 In Memoriam 51 Closing Arguments Catherine Dauvergne: incoming dean of the Allard School of Law. 52 Looking Back

Letters to the editor, contributions to Closing Arguments, Class Notes, address updates and general feedback about the magazine can be submitted to the editor by email at or by mail at the address above. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Address updates and Class Notes may also be submitted online at The Allard School of Law Alumni Magazine is published once a year by the Allard School of Law; 10,000 copies are distributed to UBC Allard School of Law alumni and the community via direct mail. Copyright Allard School of Law Publications Mail Agreement Number 41130018


The past year has been one of significant growth and transition for the law school. As shown on the cover of this issue, the law school celebrated a major milestone in its history with the announcement of a $30 million transformational gift from law alumnus, Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC. Mr. Allard’s gift is the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school. I encourage you to read more about the impact of Mr. Allard’s gift in the Report on Giving on page 6. During the past year, the Allard School of Law was very pleased to continue to enhance its course and program offerings, adopting a new Specialization in Aboriginal Law within the JD program and, at the graduate level, a new distance learning program designed for foreigntrained law students and lawyers working towards the accreditation requirements for practicing law in Canada, which complements our successful course-based LLM Common Law program. Enrollment for our graduate distance learning program exceeded initial expectations, and we are planning on developing new online course modules in the near future. We continue to focus as well on enhancing our experiential learning program with the addition of a new clinic focused on International Justice and Human Rights (IJHRC). This issue includes more information on the work of the IJHRC, along with an exciting update on our Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, on pages 25 – 26. The Allard School of Law continues to expand its international reach. The Faculty was delighted to formalize agreements with Melbourne Law School (University of Melbourne, Australia) and the Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing, China) in this past year. These agreements build on important institutional connections and expand the law school’s global reach while adding to the international study opportunities for our JD students. You can read about one student’s exchange experience on page 38. This issue features some very significant faculty transitions. Several of our highly accomplished and respected senior faculty members are retiring after teaching thousands of students over the years and decades. At the same time, the law school has been successful in recruiting outstanding

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new faculty members who are committed to the law school’s integration of outstanding teaching with world-class research. These transitions are an opportunity to celebrate beloved teachers, nationally and internationally-recognized scholars, and engaged community members, and I invite you to read more in the feature section beginning on page 18. As many of you know, my term as Dean of the Allard School of Law comes to an end this June. I have been greatly honoured to serve in this role since 2003. Those of you who were able to attend the UBC Law Alumni Association luncheon in April will know that my colleagues and I are enormously grateful for the strong support the law school has received from alumni who have offered the gifts of time, advice, funding, and expertise. In this, my last column for the Alumni Magazine, I would particularly like to offer thanks to each of you on behalf of the law school. The law school is on an exciting trajectory (described in more detail on pages 13 – 15), and I am confident that, while much has been accomplished, the future holds yet greater things for the Allard School of Law. Incoming Dean, Dr. Catherine Dauvergne (LLB ’95) will take up her term on July 1. I am filled with excitement about what the law school can and will accomplish under Dean Dauvergne’s leadership, with continued strong support and input from our alumni community. I sincerely hope you enjoy this edition of the Allard School of Law Alumni Magazine. As always, I welcome your feedback and ideas regarding this and any of our alumni communications and initiatives. Please get in touch with us at Very truly yours,

Mary Anne Bobinski Dean and Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law


2014 / 2015 UBC Law Alumni Association Members executive members Kinji Bourchier, President Phebe Chan, Vice President Emily MacKinnon, Treasurer Ted Murray, Secretary

board of directors Geoff Bowman Stuart Breen Maggie Campbell Garret Chan Barbara Collins Professor Robin Elliot, QC Michael Feder

Anna Feglerska Andrea Fraser (Law Student Society President 2014 / 2015) Kerry Grieve Bessie Jackson Michael Kleisinger Derek Lacroix, QC

I am very pleased to introduce myself as the new President of the UBC Law Alumni Association. I would like to both thank and acknowledge my predecessor, Rod Urquhart, who dedicated countless hours to building our alumni community and supporting the Allard School of Law in his role as President of the Association for six years. I am excited to pick up where Rod left off (I know I have big shoes to fill) and continue to cultivate meaningful ties between the alumni community and our law school. This letter is especially timely. The past few months have been incredibly important in the history of the law school, including the unprecedented gift of $30 million from Peter A. Allard, QC. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the law school in general and for Dean Mary Anne Bobinski in particular, and I look forward along with all my other fellow alumni to witnessing the impact of this significant gift. We should be extremely proud of this development which serves to contribute and complement the reputation of the law school as a world class centre for legal research and study. I also want to sincerely thank outgoing Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, who has led the Allard School of Law so successfully for the past 12 years. Under her leadership, and particularly as a result of her hard work in bringing the community together to build (literally and metaphorically) Allard Hall, the law school has further enhanced its reputation as world class. I am looking forward to working with the incoming Dean, Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, as we continue to build on Dean Bobinski’s significant legacy. Now, this is the part of the letter where I turn it over to you: If you have ideas about how the Alumni Association might better both support our alumni and connect our alumni to the Allard School of Law, don’t hesitate to contact me or any members of our brand new executive (Vice President: Phebe Chan, Treasurer: Emily MacKinnon, and Secretary: Ted Murray). We are all new on the job and would greatly appreciate your input. We look forward to working with you to continue to enrich our community and our law school.

Kinji Bourchier President UBC Law Alumni Association

The Honourable Justice Miriam Maisonville John Munnis David Neave Ryan Parsons Jeremy Shragge The Honourable Justice Jon Sigurdson

Shauna Towriss Nic Tsoi Rod Urquhart (Past President) Susan Van der Flier Kareen Zimmer

In addition to announcing the school’s new name, this past year has been a period of growth and change for the Allard School of Law. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of these new developments. Last spring we were pleased to launch our redesigned alumni e-newsletter featuring monthly alumni profiles, faculty profiles, and feature stories. I hope that you have enjoyed the fresh, new content and look forward to any feedback you might have. Our Alumni Association also recently elected a brand new executive. I look forward to working with Kinji Bourchier, Phebe Chan, Emily MacKinnon and Ted Murray in the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary respectively. I would also like to extend my thanks to our outgoing President, Rod Urquart, who worked so hard to build our alumni community and engage the alumni community with the law school. This year also provided some exciting opportunities to develop new partnerships. We hosted two events with alumniUBC, including a panel discussion on new liquor laws in Vancouver and a Toronto International Film Festival party in Toronto. We also partnered with the Sauder School of Business to host our ‘Foodie for Thought’ evening featuring food and beverage entrepreneurs from both Faculties. Additionally, the Allard School of Law partnered with other law schools across Canada to host very successful joint Canadian law school receptions in London and Hong Kong. Finally, we also launched a pilot tri-mentorship program for alumni in the Calgary area, involving articling students, associates, and senior lawyers. This successful program matched two dozen alumni in Calgary to build an important support network for new lawyers as well as an exciting new sense of community. Thank you to everyone who helped to make these many programs and events hugely successful. I look forward to working with you to build on this success in the year to come!

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A Transformational Gift

This has been an especially exciting year for the law school. On January 22, 2015, the law school announced a transformational $30-million gift from law alumnus Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC. Mr. Allard’s gift is the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school and the largest individual donation to UBC’s start an evolution fundraising and alumni engagement campaign. In recognition of his gift, which will enable the Faculty to solidify its status as one of the world’s leading centres for legal education and research, the University renamed the law school the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Mr. Allard’s historic donation will bring unprecedented benefits to students and faculty, both now and in the future, by establishing permanent endowments to support faculty recruitment and retention to ensure students learn from some of the world’s greatest legal minds; student initiatives such as entrance awards, summer employment and enhanced admissions practices; and student experiential learning programs and clinical opportunities for students to learn practical skills. The gift will also enable the Allard School of Law to promote human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world through the Allard Prize for International Integrity.

The Allard School of Law has committed to raising a further $10 million in matching funds to complement and build on Mr. Allard’s generous gift. The law school will build on the momentum created by the gift to inspire other alumni, friends and supporters to contribute to the continued growth of the Faculty. The new $10-million matching campaign will continue our efforts to offer one of the world’s best legal education programs with opportunities for transformative student learning through outstanding teaching, research and enriched educational experiences. This is the second time that Mr. Allard has made a significant donation to the law school. In 2011, Mr. Allard gave $11.86 million to support the construction of Allard Hall, the Faculty’s new home, and to establish the Allard Prize for International Integrity and the law school’s History Project, an online archive. Mr. Allard’s commitments to the Faculty to date total approximately $40 million and, with $10 million in donor matching funds, will yield approximately $50 million in total donations for the law school. We are grateful to those who were able to join us in celebrating this special milestone in the law school’s rich history. We hope you enjoy the images on the following pages that were captured at this historic event.

Kari Streelasky Assistant Dean, External Relations Allard School of Law

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“My gift supports pillars of excellence in human rights, and international integrity and ethics, and my hope is that the law school will become a beacon for justice, and the promotion of human rights…”  – Peter A. Allard, QC 2

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The announcement took place at Norman Mackenzie House on January 22, 2015, and included remarks from Peter A. Allard, QC; Professor Arvind Gupta, UBC President and ViceChancellor; Dean Mary Anne Bobinski and Andrea Fraser, 2014  / 2015 President of the Allard Law Students’ Society. 1 Awaiting Dean Bobinski’s surprise announcement at Norman Mackenzie House on January 22, 2015. 2 Peter A. Allard, QC, and UBC President Arvind Gupta celebrate the gift together. 3 Robert H. Lee, OC, OBC, Peter A. Allard, QC, Chuck Allard, and Gavin Hume, QC. 4 Andrea Fraser, 2014/2015 President of the Allard Law Students’ Society. 5 Dean Mary Anne Bobinski and Peter A. Allard, QC unveil a plaque in honour of Mr. Allard’s gift.


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Cameron Strang

Class of 1992

LET THE RECORD SHOW by Jennifer Halyk

As an Allard School of Law alumnus and Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records and Warner   /  Chappell Music Publishing, Cameron Strang (BCom, LLB, 1992) has achieved what many entrepreneurs and music enthusiasts would consider a lifelong dream: he built a record label out of his passion for music, subsequently sold it to Warner Music Group, one of the largest and most renowned music companies in the world, and then stepped into the role of Chairman and CEO of two of its most legendary businesses. After three years of working as a litigator, the Vancouver native left practice to found record label New West Records in 1995 and just six years later released several acclaimed albums, including a Grammy Award-winning album by Delbert McClinton. Although he had always had a passion for music, Strang admits that the decision to leave the practice of law was a difficult one for him to make, but the idea to start a record label simply presented itself, he said. “Music had always been important to me in my life,” he said. “For me, building a record label was really an idea that I had because I thought running one would be a great job and something I would love doing. I was also excited about the idea of having my own business and being an entrepreneur.” Strang’s business continued to grow after he relocated to Los Angeles, where he still resides with his wife and three children. He founded Southside Independent Music Publishing in 2004, and began to acquire ownership rights to the underlying copyrights of songs, in order to diversify in the face of a declining business model – that of selling records.

“The music business was becoming challenged with the internet and file sharing as online music sharing grew exponentially,” he said. “The traditional business was declining quickly. That was one of the challenges we were faced with.” Southside quickly became known as a leading independent music publishing company with an eye for finding new talent, as it continued to acquire the copyrights of songs, and enjoyed considerable success as many players in the music industry faltered. “I liked the idea of having a company that would be part of putting music into the world that would hopefully affect others the way music had affected me. So that people could enjoy it the way I enjoyed it. That music would be a powerful force in people’s lives.” Several years later, he sold Southside to Warner Music Group (WMG) and joined Warner  /  Chappell (WMG’s publishing company) as Chairman and CEO. Shortly thereafter he also became Chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers Records, part of WMG’s legendary recorded music business based in Los Angeles. “I didn’t necessarily plan it or aspire to it,” he said of the ultimate sale of the record label and publishing company that he had built from the ground up. “I love it and I didn’t have a plan to sell it – I enjoyed building it. I enjoyed growing it, and I enjoyed running it, and I loved the company,” he said. “It was a surprise to get an offer to sell and it was with some mixed feelings that I sold it. But since I did, I have moved forward, and working at Warners and having the opportunity to lead a global

publishing company and one of the great, storied record labels in America is just fantastic. I love it.” While leading a major US record company and maintaining a busy family life, Strang still manages to visit his extended family in Vancouver from time to time, including brother and entrepreneur Andrew Strang, LLB ’90, who is CEO of Soaring Attractions LP and who launched FlyOver Canada at Canada Place in 2013. While in Vancouver on a visit from LA in the fall of 2014, Strang dropped by Allard Hall to meet with law students. “I shared my experience and some of my thoughts around it and answered their questions,” he said of his talk. “For me, that’s a fun and rewarding thing to do, to be able to share my experience and certainly if it helps people or helps them make decisions, that’s great. It’s the least I can do.” When Strang looks back at his time at law school, he remembers that it was easy to lose track of the fact that he was getting a great education because he was all-consumed by his studies and academic activities. “But when one finishes, there’s a very broad spectrum of things that one can do with that education and it can take you all kinds of places and open all kinds of doors.” Strang doesn’t know which door he will walk through next. For now, he plans to make Warner Chappell the best music company in the world, and to continue to be an active dad and raise his family, which is a “huge challenge and is incredibly fun and rewarding,” he said. “And we’ll see what comes next after that.”

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Chief Justice of the BC Court of Appeal, The Honourable Robert J. Bauman Rod Urquhart, Past President of the UBC Law Alumni Association Anna Fung, QC (from l to r): Mitchell H. Gropper, QC; Dean Mary Anne Bobinski; A. Keith Mitchell, QC The celebratory luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, April 21, 2015

this page (clockwise from top): Dean Mary Anne Bobinski; UBC President Arvind Gupta; Former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC

Leaving a Legacy Dean Mary Anne Bobinski reflects on the past twelve years at the helm of the Allard School of Law. by Anna Lidstone


e are delighted to share this interview with Dean Mary Anne Bobinski in which she reflects on her terms as Dean of the Allard School of Law.

You’ve been Dean of the Faculty for 12 years. Do you remember what you felt when you first found out that you were going to be the Dean? I felt excited and honoured, and then, of course, just the right amount of anxiety. I was coming to a place where the hopes of the law school, the university and our alumni were very high and I very much wanted to do whatever I could to help to move the law school forward. On top of an exciting career opportunity, I was moving with my family to Vancouver, one of the most livable cities in the world, and to Canada, which was a wonderful adventure and opportunity to expand my scholarly interest in comparative health law. There’s no question: it was a great moment for me, professionally and personally. What would you say is the job of a Dean of a law school? For me, the Dean’s role is about listening and connecting. The Dean has the rare opportunity to engage with a really broad range of people, from colleagues and students in the law school to alumni and Spring 2015 Alumni Magazine Allard School of Law    13

What have you been most proud of during your term? I am proud of our amazing students, of our fantastic faculty and staff, and of the incredible accomplishments of our alumni in the legal profession and beyond. It’s the commitment and passion of the Allard School of Law’s faculty, students, staff, alumni community and other friends and supporters who have made the law school what it is today, a leader in Canada and recognized as one of the top 35 law schools in global rankings.

Dean Mary Anne Bobinski receives a standing ovation at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on April 21, 2015.

leaders in the profession, from downtown Vancouver to Toronto, New York and Hong Kong. I’ve been privileged to learn from all of these groups, not only about their accomplishments but also about their challenges and ambitions. Ultimately, the Dean connects all of these communities through a shared vision of the law school’s future that draws support from a broad range of people and groups who are committed to the best in teaching, research and community impact. And then, of course, there are the myriad of major activities (such as supporting curricular innovation, recruiting new faculty, working to secure funding) and minor activities (the thousands of emails) that follow from an ambitious strategic plan. What do you think have been the biggest changes in the study of law over the past decade? I would say that there’s been a general trend away from lecturing and passive note-taking towards a more active, engaged classroom environment. The Allard School of Law has certainly been keen to promote this change in approach. We are concerned not just with what we teach, but how we teach, and I can say confidently that our faculty members are exceptionally committed and engaged teachers. In addition, we have dramatically expanded student experiential learning opportunities through clinical programs that serve clients and simulation courses, like

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the well-regarded Business Law Capstone course and our trial advocacy courses. We have put a lot of effort and thought into the law school curriculum over the past decade as well, which has resulted in, among other features, an expanded set of mandatory requirements and the development of new concentrations, specializations and graduate programs. We have also been attentive to globalization and the need for law graduates to understand Canadian law in a global context and to consider the needs of clients in an increasingly interconnected world. Transnational Law has been a required first year course for several years now and we have enhanced exchange programs, increased

Have you accomplished everything you wanted to? No, and that’s a great thing. The law school is so strong and there are always new things we can and will do to make it even better. There is no shortage of exciting new opportunities for the Allard School of Law and the new Dean, Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, to take up. Dr. Dauvergne, herself an alumna of the law school, will bring an ambitious new perspective and vision for the law school, building on the Faculty’s strong trajectory in terms of global prominence and reach. I’m excited to see what will be accomplished next! Is there a particular special moment from your time as Dean? The opening of the new law school building, Allard Hall, was definitely a special moment.

“It’s the commitment and passion of the Allard School of Law’s faculty, students, staff, alumni community and other friends and supporters who have made the law school what it is today.”  – Dean Mary Anne Bobinski support for students interested in international internships, and entered into joint legal education agreements with other leading law schools including, most recently, Melbourne Law School and Tsinghua Law School.

The previous buildings created barriers to success in so many areas, from implementing new pedagogical approaches to recruiting students and faculty. The new building would not have been possible without the support

of literally hundreds of faculty, students, staff, alumni and other friends and supporters. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with some of the many people who contributed to the building project through gifts of time, expertise and funding. The official ceremony held to celebrate this transformational new building allowed us to thank all of these many people whose energy was really the ‘fuel’ for the law school’s future. It was an amazing experience. Another special moment would of course be the ability to join with colleagues in the recent announcement of Peter A. Allard, QC’s transformational gift of $30 million, which the University recognized through naming the law school. This exceptional naming gift will solidify the Allard School of Law’s leadership role in Canada and its place among the world’s best centres for legal education and research. A gift of this magnitude is a strong affirmation of the efforts of faculty, staff, students, and the alumni community whose energy and commitment have established our law school as a leader in Canada. It has been an honour to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Allard over the past few years on exciting projects ranging from the Allard Prize for International Integrity to this most recent extraordinary commitment to the future of the law school as a global centre for education and research. What has been the most challenging part of the job? The law school is an exciting, energizing environment with creative and dedicated faculty and staff who are always thinking about what comes next. The biggest challenges have involved funding and time. Although the recently-announced Allard endowment gift has established a strong new foundation for the law school’s future, there is still much to be done to ensure that we have the resources we need to increase the size of our faculty complement, support student financial aid, and engage with the broader community through research and clinical programs. As for time, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that we might want to do. But I try to put these limits aside and to keep asking my colleagues “What would you like to do if you could?” and then work together towards those goals as effectively as possible.

What have you loved most about being the Dean? I have loved meeting and working with so many amazing and inspiring people. I love meeting with our students, hearing about their accomplishments and their hopes for the future. Our brilliant and dedicated faculty members are a constant source of energy and ideas. Our committed and passionate staff really care about the future of the law school and are always looking for ways to enhance services and programming. Finally, it has been such a great honour to meet and to work with our alumni. Our alumni can be found in every type of practice setting, the judiciary, business, government, and other forms of public service. Our graduates have shaped the legal profession and the development of the law in British Columbia and are found as well in important roles across Canada and in so many communities in the US, Asia, Australia, UK and the European Union, Africa, India, and so on. It has been a privilege to be a part of maintaining the connections between the law school and its graduates. What is your hope for the incoming Dean? I should say first that Dr. Dauvergne is an internationally-recognized scholar, a beloved teacher, and an inspiring leader. I know that she will greatly enjoy meeting with alumni and working with our amazing community of supporters. Our alumni have been such an important part of the law school’s success and I am confident that Dr. Dauvergne will be able to draw on the advice and support of this community in establishing the law school’s future growth. What’s next for you? I look forward to completing my term this summer and to working to support incoming Dean Dauvergne as she moves into her role. After that, I will embark on a new adventure during my upcoming sabbatical, which will allow me to focus on my health law research and to spend some time traveling with my family. In the not too distant future, I look forward to returning to the classroom and to joining with my colleagues in supporting Dean Dauvergne’s strategic vision for the future of the Allard School of Law.


The second Allard Prize for International Integrity will be awarded the evening of October 1, 2015. Allard School of Law alumni and the broader community will be invited to attend the award ceremony which will feature special remarks by Professor Arvind Gupta, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, and a keynote address by Lieutenant-General, The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, OC, CMM, GOC, MSC, CD. The $100,000 prize is one of the world’s largest awards recognizing efforts to combat corruption and to promote human rights. Established in October, 2012 by law alumnus Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC, the Allard Prize is awarded to an individual, movement or organization that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law. To learn more, please visit Allard Prize Photography Competition The Faculty oversees the Allard Prize Photography Competition that recognizes photographic excellence reflecting the ideals of the Allard Prize. Each winning entrant receives a $1,000 cash prize and is featured on the Allard Prize website for six months. Up to six photographs are selected every six months. Learn more:  / photography-competition.

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Dean and Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law 2003–2015

Honouring a Legacy Mary Anne Bobinski Mary Anne Bobinski, BA, JD, LLM, began serving as dean of the Allard School of Law in 2003 and will complete her term in 2015. Under her leadership, the Faculty experienced more than a decade of sustained renewal and growth marked by new programs, enhanced teaching and research, and expanded international reach. During her two terms as dean, Professor Bobinski worked with faculty, staff and students to establish and carry out an ambitious and comprehensive strategic plan; recruited outstanding scholars and teachers as faculty members; enhanced the curriculum and student services for JD and graduate students; more than doubled the level of externally-supported research; developed closer ties between the law school and both its alumni and the legal profession; secured more than $90 million from donors in support of the Faculty’s priorities; and significantly enhanced the law school’s national and international linkages. Under her inspiring leadership, the Allard School of Law secured recognition as one of Canada and the world’s leading centres for legal education and research.

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“The Allard School of Law’s ability to be ambitious, to achieve the best in teaching and research, and to contribute to the pursuit of justice nationally and globally will always depend on the willingness of each generation to recommit itself to the dreams and ambitions of our founders.”  – Dean Mary Anne Bobinski

Dean Bobinski’s efforts to address the law school’s needs for a new building and a strong endowment are of particular note. Early in her first term, Dean Bobinski initiated a new building campaign. Through developing a strong relationship with the legal community and fostering closer links with alumni around the world, Dean Bobinski inspired the support required to ensure the success of the campaign. Private fundraising for the building totaled nearly $35 million, making the campaign the most successful private fundraising effort in history for a Canadian law school building. The campaign concluded with a significant gift from alumnus Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC, which was commemorated in the naming of Allard Hall. This gift also established the Allard Prize for International Integrity. In 2015, Dean Bobinski announced a second transformational gift of $30 million from Mr. Allard. The Faculty of Law was proudly named the Peter A. Allard School of Law in honour of Mr. Allard’s contribution, which is the largest single donation in history to a Canadian law school. The announcement was coupled with a new campaign to further enhance the law school’s endowment to benefit future generations. Dean Bobinski’s vision for Allard Hall and the Allard School of Law included the creation of an environment that would reflect law’s deep connection with the pursuit of justice while inspiring active learning, engagement and debate about law for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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See pages 20 –33 for profiles of our departing and incoming faculty members.

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As the Allard School of Law experiences a time of transition, we pay tribute to faculty colleagues who are integral to the school. by Brenda Bouw, Jennifer Halyk, Allan Jenkins, Roberta Staley & Jennifer Wah


Several of the Allard School of Law’s long-serving faculty members are leaving the classroom after decades of strong service. Simultaneously, the law school is welcoming new faculty members who will join in the tradition of teaching and research excellence.

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Joost Blom, QC Professor, 1972 to 2017


rofe s s or J oos t Bl o m’s jo urney along the road to legal academia didn’t start with encouraging words from family. Quite the opposite. Thinking that Blom’s early musings about a possible legal career were motivated by familial tradition – “they thought I was only interested because they were lawyers” – his father and brother “tried to talk me out of law.” Hence, when Blom attended UBC as an undergrad, he took a range of courses that included nuclear physics, commerce, English and economics. Such a buffet style of courses helped clarify one thing for Blom: he truly wanted to pursue law. And he did, graduating from the

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UBC Faculty of Law in 1970 before travelling to Oxford University to pursue a graduate degree with a thesis in conflict of laws. At the time, conflict of laws, which is concerned with cross-border private legal matters such as contracts between individuals and corporations from different countries, wasn’t on the radar of most citizens. However, contentious issues such as same-sex marriage have brought conflict of laws more squarely into the realm of public discourse. For example, says Blom, when Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, even our own law initially wouldn’t recognize the unions of American gay and

lesbian couples if they came from states banning such nuptials. However, conflict of laws provisions were added to the samesex marriage legislation, thus giving legal recognition to the marriages of foreigndomiciled couples who wed in Canada. Blom returned to the UBC Faculty of Law in 1972 and settled into a professorship, teaching his specialty, conflict of laws, as well as a range of other courses over the years, including income tax, intellectual property, torts and contracts. His writing has included analyses of such precedent-setting matters as the high-profile copyright case in 2011 that saw LucasFilm Ltd. of California pursue a copyright infringement claim against United Kingdom resident Andrew Ainsworth, who was manufacturing Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets and armour and selling them to customers in the US. (Ainsworth had created 3D models of the helmets and suits for Lucasfilms in the 1970s.) Although the UK Supreme Court decided that UK copyright wasn’t being infringed, it granted Lucasfilms the right to pursue damages against Ainsworth under US copyright law. Other than this foray into galactic matters, Blom has remained solidly rooted in both teaching and administration during his 43 years at the Allard School of Law. From 1982 to 1985, he was appointed associate dean, and then became dean during the tough belt-tightening years of 1997 to 2003. He was also recognized with numerous honours and appointments, becoming president of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers in 1983, Queen’s Counsel in 1985 and a Life Bencher of the Law Society of BC after eight years as an elected bencher in 2012. He also taught at the University of Trier in Germany and at the University of Melbourne. One constant throughout Blom’s career has been the engaging, charismatic and inspiring teaching style that culminated in receipt of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. “I love talking about and thinking about law,” says Blom. “To be a good teacher you have to relate the law to real people, and get the students to see the story behind the law.” Unfortunately for students at the Allard School of Law, this one constant will soon change. Blom will teach his last regular law classes this year and, after a period of concentrated research, will fully retire in 2017.


h e tra di ti ona l family unit of mother, children and male breadwinner has, over the past 40 years, become increasingly fluid, with the concept of what constitutes love, relationships and commitment undergoing an emancipating revolution. Professor Susan Boyd has been an international leader in assessing the impact of these changes, particularly for women and same-sex couples. Boyd has served as the inaugural holder of the endowed research Chair in Feminist Legal Studies at Allard School of Law since 1992; she was also the founding director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies until 2012. Boyd has analyzed positive and negative aspects of the changes that have given women and same-sex couples greater equality within family law and the institution of the family – a place that, for many, historically has meant oppression rather than empowerment. While families are complex and varied, within traditional heterosexual unions, women often sacrifice careers to manage the home and care for children. As a young professor at Carleton University, in 1986 Boyd was the first to develop a seminar in Women, Law, and Family that took this social reality into account. Women and children are better served by the legal system, she says, if existing inequalities are addressed. “We need legal norms that take better account of the gendered life that families still have, especially in relation to child care.” There is no doubt that Boyd’s years of scholarship have positively influenced family law in her current home province of British Columbia. Boyd provided input into BC’s new Family Law Act, which came into effect in 2013. The final Act included several reforms championed by Boyd. As one example, the Act modified the law so that judges do not automatically assume that both parents should spend equal time with their children. The best interests of a child may, in some cases, entail unequal time with one parent or the other. Boyd also successfully argued for laws in BC that have made it easier for lesbian partners to be recognized as the legal parents of a child. She has written about the challenges that recognition of the rights of genetic fathers may raise for lesbian parents and analyzed the possibility that a child may have three or more legal parents.

In 2012, Boyd was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour a Canadian scholar in the arts, humanities or sciences can achieve, in recognition of her international reputation as a leading socio-legal scholar who has made exceptional contributions to family law and feminist legal studies. Other awards include a Faculty Scholar Award (2010) and an Alumni Award for Research (2008). Just last month, Boyd advanced family law and feminist scholarship even further with the publication of Autonomous Motherhood? A Socio-Legal Study of Choice and Constraint. As one of the book’s co-authors, Boyd analyzes

the trend of “single motherhood by choice.” Today more women choose to adopt or conceive a child without involving male partners, sparking legal challenges. Boyd has also recently considered the relationship between men’s interests and feminism. As a long-time editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, she is working on a special issue looking at men’s rights movement and feminism. Even though she officially retires on June 30, Boyd says that such responsibilities, will keep her busy well into 2016, helping to ensure that the complex questions of gender equality remain in the public eye.

Susan Boyd Professor, 1992 to 2015

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ongtime Professor Robin Elliot considers himself lucky that he decided to go to law school after completing his BSc (Hons) in mathematics in 1969, and then abandoning a brief foray into economics when he realized that it was not the right discipline for him. “The only difference between mathematicians and economists was that mathematicians didn’t pretend that what we were studying had immediate practical application, whereas economists did,” he said. Elliot took a chance on law school to see if it sustained his interest. Indeed it did, and the fact that law as an intellectual discipline,

Robin Elliot Professor, 1976 to 2016

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like both mathematics and economics, calls for careful systematic analysis had a significant bearing on his choice. After completing his LLB at UBC in 1973, and articling with the firm of Ladner Downs the following year, Elliot went on to the LLM program at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his interest in constitutional law was heightened with a course on comparative federalism. That interest, he says, grew out of the fundamental nature of the issues with which that field of law deals – how best to give expression in the structures of governance to values like democracy, the rule of law, liberty, equality

and community. As he continued to ponder the important questions of governance after beginning his teaching career at UBC in 1976, Canada enacted its Charter in 1982. Elliot then found himself reading voraciously in the American constitutional literature and increasingly fascinated in particular with the issue of the legitimacy of judicial review. A prolific author who has published works on a broad range of constitutional issues, with particular emphasis on federalism doctrines and the Charter, Elliot has also adjudicated cases under both provincial and federal human rights legislation and been involved in the litigation of many Charter and other constitutional cases, including several that made their way to the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his QC designation in 2005. Elliot feels fortunate to have been able to combine teaching with occasional forays into litigation, since it gave him opportunities to bring real-world experiences into the classroom, providing students with an additional level of insight and perspective. Twice serving as Associate Dean of the Allard School of Law, first in Student Affairs and then in Administration and Finance, Elliot simultaneously became a professor muchloved by students and recognized throughout the school by his enduring, signature mustache. During the past four decades and amongst his many career highlights, Elliot considers his two years as the Executive Legal Officer at the Supreme Court of Canada in the mid-1990s one of his most interesting experiences. With a “little office right outside Chief Justice Lamer’s,” he said he wouldn’t know from one day to the next what he would be working on, all the while learning about “the judicial process from the inside, seeing the judges working their way through the challenging cases they had to resolve.” “It has been a very rich intellectual life, and one that I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience,” he reflects. Although he doesn’t officially retire until 2016, following a year wrapping up some research projects he currently has on the go, Elliot taught his final class last month. On that day, his students – all 45 of them – wore paper mustaches in a tribute to Professor Elliot, whose classroom teaching and dedication to students will be deeply missed.


wo months a go, sledge hammerwielding ISIS militants demolished priceless seventh-century BCE Assyrian statues and sculptures at Mosul’s central museum in Iraq. For art lovers like Allard School of Law Professor Robert Paterson, the ransacking was “numbing.” Worse, Paterson says, “no one had any practical solutions” to the wanton acts of destruction. A peripatetic art collector who has journeyed throughout Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, Paterson teaches the only course in Canada on Cultural Property and Art Law, in addition to a Cultural Law seminar. The study of art and cultural law has unique challenges, embracing such contentious issues as the repatriation of Aboriginal artifacts or the recovery of art confiscated by the Nazis. While fascinating, Paterson warns students that this area of law is unlikely “to pay the rent like wills and estates.” But it can be a fulfilling sideline for those who are passionate about helping with the reclamation of cultural heritage, or those who love the rarefied world of art, says Paterson, who will teach his last class this year and fully retire in July 2016 after a final year of research and service. Born and raised in New Zealand, Paterson attained a law degree in 1969 from the Victoria University of Wellington, coming first in his year. His next step was graduate school at Stanford University in California, followed by a professorship at the Allard School of Law in 1975. Paterson’s initial specialty was the polar opposite of art: the study of the law of corporations. When the United Nations drafted a law on international commercial arbitration, Paterson oversaw its adoption by the British Columbia legislature to utilize in arbitrating international trade disputes – key for a province dependent upon global sales of its natural resources. Later, Paterson became involved with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a member of its trade remedy bi-national review panel. International trade law can be idiosyncratic, calling upon skills of diplomacy as much as legal knowledge, and rests upon the fragile foundation of “countries respecting each other’s rights on a reciprocal basis,” says Paterson, who has penned several books on international trade and cultural property law.

Robert Paterson Professor, 1975 to 2016

International trade law took a back seat in Paterson’s professional life during a sabbatical at Australia’s University of Sydney where he met world-renowned cultural law professor Lyndel Prott. The meeting inspired Paterson to organize a 1994 UNESCObacked conference at UBC on the theme of “Material Culture in Flux,” which addressed the contentious issue of repatriation of cultural property. A prolific writer on the legal aspects of art and culture, Paterson went on to become an editor with the International

Journal of Cultural Property and Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Cultural Heritage Law Committee. Retirement doesn’t mean that Paterson’s workload will diminish to any great extent, as he plans to continue his work connected to NAFTA as well as cultural property issues. He will also be monitoring the preservation and protection of the world’s antiquities, ready to step in with advice should a beleaguered nation call upon the international community to help save its historical treasures.

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Claire Young Professor Emerita, Professor 1992 to 2014


l i v e r We nde ll H o l mes Jr., the well-known early 20th century Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, once said, “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” In truth, no one likes paying taxes, although few would dispute that taxes are a necessary feature of modern society. Canada’s current tax system, however, raises concerns for recentlyretired professor and tax scholar Claire Young. The nation’s overall prosperity may be stable, but the tax system is faltering when it comes to economic equality – especially for women, children and low- to middle-income earners, Professor Emerita Young says.

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Assessing the socio-economic impact of tax systems was a core theme that Young communicated to students throughout her 30-year career as a law professor, first at the University of Western Ontario from 1984 to 1993 and then at the Allard School of Law until her retirement in 2013. “The tax system is the most important political and economic and social tool that any government has at its disposal,” Young says. Much of Young’s scholarship has used the lens of gender to analyze inequity of “tax breaks,” formally called tax expenditures. An example is the tax break for retirement savings. Young’s work demonstrates that women do not benefit to the same extent as

men from such tax expenditures for several reasons, including lower wages and a lack of discretionary income to contribute to tax subsidized plans like RRSPs. “That is one reason why so many women over the age of 65 live below the poverty line,” Young says. She is also concerned about the Family Tax Cut currently being proposed by Ottawa, which will allow couples with children to transfer up to $50,000 from a high-earning spouse to the low-income partner. This, says Young, will benefit a few well-off families “and is designed to reinforce the traditional family, with the male breadwinner working outside the house and the female spouse remaining at home to care for the children.” It is a common misconception that taxation law is a dry, technical subject. However, Young’s passion for the topic, as well as her love of teaching, has earned her accolades from students and fellow faculty members alike. She is a two-time winner of the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and also won the prestigious Thérèse Casgrain Award for her work on women and economic inequality. The award recognized Young in part for her ground-breaking report for Status of Women in Canada, Women, Tax and Social Programs: The Gendered Impact of Funding Social Programs Through the Tax System. Young cultivated an international reputation for her work on gender and taxation and the impact of including samesex partners as spouses for tax purposes As a result, Young has presented reports and opinions on taxation law to Canada’s Senate and Parliamentary Committees and has consulted on these issues with governments around the world. She has also brought her organizational acumen, commitment to students and leadership skills to important services roles in the Allard School of Law, perhaps most significantly during her tenure as the law school’s Senior Associate Dean from 2003 to 2009. Thanks to continued demand for her expertise, retirement isn’t reducing Young’s work load and she continues to offer advice to public interest groups in Canada as well as international government agencies on issues of gender and taxation.



nly a few decades have passed since Indian residential schools, operating in many areas throughout Canada, were finally shut down. But the closure of such facilities – created to assimilate young aboriginals into the dominant white culture – didn’t eliminate racism from Canadian society. Patricia Barkaskas, who became the Academic Director of the Allard School of Law’s Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) in October 2014, knows this from experience. Not many years ago, while living in Calgary, strangers would walk up to her and demand, “What are you?” The disparaging remark left Barkaskas, an Alberta-born Metis-Cree, with “the sense that the world was full of injustice, which needed to be resolved.” One of three children in a family headed by a Metis mother, Barkaskas was well acquainted with the struggles of Aboriginal peoples. Her choice of undergraduate degree reflected these personal and familial experiences: a double major in history and women’s studies at the University of Victoria. She continued on with a master’s degree, analyzing Aboriginal women’s political and legal activism in British Columbia in her thesis. In the course of her research, Barkaskas realized that the legal system could be an effective tool to begin righting the wrongs perpetrated against Indigenous peoples. Legal training seemed a natural next step, and she applied to the Allard School of Law, in large part because of its focus on social justice. She was especially drawn to the ICLC, an office in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that provides free legal services to Aboriginals. Also a training ground for law students, the ICLC is a key instrument in the “decolonization of the practice of law for Indigenous peoples,” Barkaskas says. Barkaskas enrolled in the ICLC in her second year of law school, which sparked a taste for private practice as well as criminal and family law. Barkaskas established a private practice three years ago. Last year, Barkaskas also became a Gladue Report writer, crafting reports commissioned by legal aid or private retainers to submit to the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the BC Court of Appeal. Gladue Reports look at the unique life circumstances of Aboriginals in the justice system during sentencing, supporting reconciliation to help maintain the stability

of indigenous communities while lowering incarceration rates. Such restorative justice measures are a feature of legal procedure in First Nations Courts, and Barkaskas will encourage clients from the ICLC to consider using these when appropriate. First established in New Westminster in 2006, and now found in North Vancouver, Kamloops and Duncan, First Nations Courts are slowly revolutionizing the legal system. Here, elders and band counsellors contribute to the creation of a

“healing plan” for Aboriginal offenders in lieu of prison time. As Barkaskas knows only too well, the journey towards social justice is a long and difficult one. Some days are more frustrating than others, and Barkaskas finds herself asking, “How will we ever get anywhere?” But there are good days, too, when Barkaskas can look at what is being achieved by organizations like the ICLC and think, “We’re really seeing some success.”

Patricia Barkaskas Lecturer; Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

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or Ale xa nde r Wo l f, stepping into the office of the Allard School of Law’s Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) was like coming home. Or, as he puts it, “coming full circle.” Wolf was recently appointed as legal director of the ICLC, which provides indigenous clients living in the DTES with legal assistance. The appointment follows an

unusually peripatetic legal career that led him to the Yukon, India, the Philippines and Fiji as well as a private practice on the Squamish Nation Reserve in North Vancouver. The journey truly began near the northern tip of Vancouver Island on Gilford Island, home to Wolf’s forebears, the Kwikwasut’ inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation. Wolf’s grandmother had travelled to Vancouver with her two daughters to work in the Vancouver

Alex Wolf Lecturer; Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

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fish canneries. Wolf’s mother ended up in a residential school and, like others of her generation, was subjected to the school system’s cultural displacement and personal degradation, precipitating drug addiction on the streets of Vancouver and, eventually, prison, where she took her own life. Wolf and his siblings grew up bouncing between run-down hotels on Hastings Street, foster homes and grandparents. “I went to four schools in Grade 6,” he recalls. Wolf always clung to the dream of getting a degree and going to law school. After a brief stint in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Wolf attended Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, working his way through as a legal secretary, paralegal or legal researcher. During law school, Wolf worked in the Philippines, where he interned with a Tribal Filipino Legal Aid Clinic that helped clientele with land-claim conflicts between the government and tribal communities. The next legal adventure, which was supported by the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, led Wolf to India, where he studied the legal system at the New Delhi Jesuit Institute of Law, working with tribal and lower caste clientele in the area of “atrocities law.” This part of the Indian legal system covers serious crimes, such as murder, that are committed for cultural reasons. Back in Canada, Wolf articled in an insurance litigation firm, then shifted to the Federal Department of Justice as a Prosecutor. He worked in the Yukon, subsequently returning to Vancouver to become a civil litigator on residential school files. In keeping with his passion for working with Aboriginal peoples – not only those in Canada – Wolf later spent time in Fiji, helping develop a legal aid structure for indigenous Fijians. “I’ve been lucky to have had great mentors who always believed in the law being a tool for positive change,” he says. Today, working at the ICLC in his old DTES neighbourhood, Wolf has indeed come full circle. He acknowledges the dual responsibilities he shoulders: providing Aboriginals with quality legal representation, while helping law students learn to navigate a system that has the power to shape society for the better. “I am amazed how far Aboriginal law has come in the past 25 years,” says Wolf. “Who knows where we will be in the next 25.”


h a d i s a va s t co untry of savannahs and wetlands in Central Africa supporting herds of animals and a diversity of ethnic and linguistic groups. It is also a nation steeped in violence and tragedy. This has come into particular focus recently with the conviction on March 25, following an unusual and problematic proceeding, of 20 security agents responsible for the systematic torture and murder of an estimated 40,000 people under dictator Hissène Habré. Nicole Barrett, Director of the Allard School of Law’s pilot International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, monitored 10 days of the trial this past January. Accompanying her was Eleonore Gauthier, a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, which collaborated on the first year of the pilot project to provide students at both schools the opportunity to work on human rights and international criminal law cases. The Chadian case, held in the capital of N’Djamena, was “unprecedented,” says Barrett, previously a trial lawyer and legal officer with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Unusual – “like a merger between a truth and reconciliation committee and a criminal trial” – the proceedings wrapped in one month, reportedly due to scarce state resources. Barrett worried that on this rushed timeline, the defendants, who were members of Habré’s Documentation and Security Directorate political police from 1982 to 1990, may not receive a fair trial. (They are appealing.) Despite such concerns, the court case acted as a release valve for Chadian torture survivors, some of whom told Barrett that the chance to testify was “the best day” of their lives. As with the Chadian case, justice in the international legal arena can be less clear-cut than in nations like Canada with an entrenched system of constitutional law. Barrett, who graduated from New York’s Columbia University Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, knows this better than most. She has worked on some of the most high profile and chilling cases of human rights abuses from the past few decades, including that of Croatian General Ante Gotovina, found guilty in 2011 of various charges, including war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the ethnic cleansing of Serbs from eastern Croatia

Nicole Barrett Lecturer; Director, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic

during the Yugoslavian War. Prior to this, she worked for the Yugoslav Tribunal on the case of a Serbian government official, Milomir Stakic, who oversaw the deportation and extermination of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats in Bosnia’s infamous prison camps during the conflict. Barrett has also worked on Guantanamo Bay cases, both as an international humanitarian law adviser for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and as trial monitor for Human Rights First. She calls Guantanamo a “horrible chapter” in American history. Her students are also confronting other dark chapters in modern

history, undertaking legal analyses of international trials like that of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Brother No. 2 and Brother No. 4 – Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan respectively. Such cases, says Barrett, can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. However, students are also “enriched by working on difficult issues such as accountability for atrocities – so it’s uplifting as well.” The second year of the Clinic will be based solely at the Allard School of Law, providing even more Allard students with the opportunity to further their understanding of human rights law while working to promote justice around the world.

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Efrat Arbel Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in 2014


f r at Arbe l’ s fi r st year at the Allard School of Law has placed her in the thick of the life of an activist law professor. In addition to a full load of teaching and research, she is helping litigate a constitutional challenge in Doctors for Refugee Care, et al v Canada as a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

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The challenge is in reaction to government cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, a program that provides basic healthcare benefits to refugees. Last summer, the Federal Court said the cuts amount to “cruel and unusual treatment,” and declared them unconstitutional. When the government appealed, Arbel assembled a group of Allard

JD student researchers to assist with the case, and got to work. After growing up in Vancouver, Arbel completed a BA at McGill University and a JD at UBC. She completed her LLM and SJD studies at Harvard Law School. Before joining as Assistant Professor in 2014, she held a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship at the Allard School of Law from 2012 to 2014, as well as visiting appointments at the Oxford Centre for Criminology and the European University Institute. Arbel’s work spans several fields of law, with a strong interest in social justice at the core. Her book project, for example, looks at constitutional law from a unique perspective drawing on three other fields of legal study: refugee law, prison law, and Aboriginal law. “By bringing these fields into conversation,” she says, “I analyze the limits and possibilities of Canadian constitutional protection. I believe these fields are where these limits and possibilities are tested.” Alongside her research in the field, Arbel teaches constitutional law at the law school, and says teaching is one of the best parts of her job. “The calibre of students at Allard is so high,” she says. “I have really enjoyed working with both JD and graduate students.” She also teaches torts, a field not typically associated with social justice. Yet Arbel sees tort law as a potential tool for progressive change. This summer, with the support of a research grant from the Law Foundation of BC, she will be exploring how tort law can address the misuse of solitary confinement. Arbel returns to the Allard School of Law as a graduate of UBC’s JD program, and her interest in social justice issues is one of the things that drew her back after completing graduate studies in the US. “I was thrilled to join Allard not only because of the many strengths of this faculty and its students, but also for the opportunity to work with Vancouver’s legal community, a community that is engaged with justice issues that are particularly meaningful to me.” “UBC is where I first developed an interest in justice issues,” said Arbel. “It is a privilege to join a faculty that is so engaged in the life of the law in this city, this country, and around the world. It is great to be home,” she said.


h e n As s oci ate Pro fesso r We i Cu i saw a posting for an appointment at UBC's Allard School of Law in 2012, he strongly suspected that the job was perfectly suited to him. At the time, Cui was working as an associate professor at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and as a government tax policy advisor. Describing a tax law specialist along with expertise in comparative law in Asian countries, the UBC posting couldn’t have been a better fit, and Cui’s colleagues at the time agreed. The law school’s search for such a scholar coincided with Cui’s desire to relocate from China to North America, where he wished to pursue academic work more exclusively. Cui has a BA from Harvard College, an MA in Philosophy from Tufts University, a JD from Yale and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. His government advisory work began in 2007 in China after he had practiced US tax law for several years in New York. While he had returned to China to teach, his unusual combination of expertise in international income taxation, value-added tax and tax administration in developing countries gave him the rare opportunity to advise on tax policy at very high levels of government in China. When offered the opportunity to advise the government on a new corporate income tax law, he jumped at the chance. “It was a special opportunity,” he said. “Tax policy, especially international tax policy, is rather esoteric, particularly for lawyers. There aren’t many people doing it. In Beijing, the Chinese State Administration of Taxation and Ministry of Finance found out that there was this new tax lawyer in town, and approached me for tax policy work.” He later worked as Senior Tax Counsel for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund whose investments included Vancouver’s own Teck Resources. In this position, he supervised tax structuring and tax compliance for tens of billions of dollars in investments, all the while teaching at CUPL. After his work with the CIC, he helped to launch the China tax practice of the UK law firm Clifford Chance. In his current research, he is focusing on developing new analytical approaches to tax policy and tax administration in developing countries. Two recent articles in the University of Toronto Law Journal and the United Nations

Handbook on Selected Issues in Protecting the Tax Base of Developing Countries exemplify this research. And, despite his commitments to tax law, Cui maintains a strong research interest in Chinese law and economic policy more generally. He recently published articles on Chinese state capitalism and on the “Beijing consensus,” and is now carrying out a project on Chinese-style federalism. Cui teaches tax law and law and economics at Allard and is the Director of the law school’s Centre for Asian Legal Studies. He continues to serve in professional policy advising roles, including as a consultant to the United Nations, the Singapore tax authority, and the Chinese State Administration of Taxation, and has also been invited to be a member on a new international tax arbitration tribunal. “These professional roles help me maintain a broad range of intellectual

interests. If I submit a paper to a law review on empirical work on international taxation, we don’t know how people will react to that, because the demand for that in legal academia may be low. But the demand for that in policy-making circles is actually quite high. I think this work can be intellectually very valuable and it’s good to have a policy channel for it.” Cui is also hosting the law school’s Tax Law and Policy Workshop, a key feature of the law school’s Tax LLM Program launched in 2014, which brings prominent public economists and tax legal scholars from both Canada and the rest of the world to present current research. “This kind of tax policy forum is usually held in places like Paris, New York City, Washington DC, and maybe to some extent Ottawa,” he says; “[i]t is remarkable that we can have it in Vancouver.”

Wei Cui Associate Professor, joined the faculty in 2013

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Li-Wen Lin Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in 2013


o rn a nd ra i s e d in Taiwan, Li-Wen Lin has been an Assistant Professor with UBC’s Allard School of Law since 2013 and plays an active role in Allard’s Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), one of the largest and most distinguished Asian research centres in North America. Her path to the Allard School of Law began many years ago, as a high school student in

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Taipei. She studied for as many as 12 hours a day for two years in order to be admitted into what was considered the preferred discipline for only the smartest students – studying law at the College of Law, National Taiwan University. After finishing in the top 100, she later completed her LLB and then received LLM and JSD degrees from the University of Illinois.

She also pursued interdisciplinary approaches to studying corporate law and Chines corporate governance, receiving her MPhil and PhD degrees in Sociology from Columbia University. Lin supplemented her impressive academic pedigree by gaining corporate experience in China, spending a few years as a business and legal consultant to a company which supplied shoes to Nike and Adidas. During that time, the concept of corporate social responsibility in China started to become a topical issue, says Lin, and especially so when Article 5 of the new company law in China required CSR to be a part of Chinese company accounts. The lack of transparency in Chinese state-owned corporations captured Lin’s attention. “For example, there is not a lot of information on executive compensation in state-owned corporations,” she said. “The information in annual reports is often unreliable. You ask yourself, ‘Did he really earn $1 million?’ Or, you read an annual report which states the executives were not compensated at all,” she said. “So you know that something is not right.” Lin is one of the few scholars in the world familiar with both Western and Chinese traditions who is also trained in both law and sociology. Drawing on this unique background, Lin’s current research uses an interdisciplinary approach to move beyond the surface of Chinese law and investigate the actual practices of corporate governance in China, focusing on the unique but poorly understood features of the Chinese system compared to European and Anglo-American models. With Chinese state-owned enterprises now comprising over sixty percent of the largest 500 companies in China and more than fifteen percent of the Fortune 500 companies in the world, Lin is confident that her innovative research will provide fresh insights, including for Canadian policymakers and businesses. She currently teaches several courses including Business Organizations, Empirical Methods in Law, and a seminar on Current Legal Problems. Although she has only been with Allard for two years, Lin is grateful to have found congeniality among colleagues and intelligence and good nature in her students.


oh n ny Ma c k ha s made it h is li f e ’ s work to study and educate others about the complex relationship between indigenous peoples and Canadian settler society and government. Mack is Toquaht, of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and was raised on an Indian Reserve in Nuu-chah-nulth territory on Vancouver Island. For reasons of racism in the school system and a difficult home life, he dropped out school after Grade 8 and tried the hardscrabble life on the streets. After two years of that lifestyle, which he says nearly took his life, Mack realized he needed another focus. Heeding his father’s advice, he turned to education. “My father always pushed education on us. Coming from residential school, he didn’t have much of an education. Nor did he know how to support us through the early years of school,” Mack said. “It was hard for him to understand that the virtue of education was not self-evident to us, especially since we weren’t systematically abused by our teachers. But he saw it as the way forward.” Mack threw himself into his education. He was valedictorian at his high school graduation and went on to study history and anthropology at the University of Victoria. It was at university where Mack became introduced to critical theories about structural inequality, especially as applied to his Nuu-chah-nulth people’s history of colonisation. “I knew that something like colonisation played out in the background of my people’s history but I wasn’t exposed to clear articulations of colonial power,” Mack said. His interest in colonisation led him to studies in law – a core site of colonial power. The more he learned about indigenous legal traditions and indigenous constitutionalism, the more engrossed he became. He earned his LL.B. in 2006 and his LL.M. in 2009, both from the University of Victoria, and is completing his Ph.D. at the University’s Faculty of Law as a Trudeau Doctoral Scholar. Mack has published and presented across Canada and around the world on topics such as indigenous law and constitutionalism, anthropology, and colonialism. He’s also involved in a number of research projects related to these areas, including a project with filmmakers examining the dynamics of race relations and colonialism. Another is an economic development project with the

Toquaht, which includes a benchmarking tool to help them better understand the relationship between development and well-being. Mack joined the law school as an Assistant Professor in July 2014. His new role adds teaching to his longstanding commitments to research and service, which Mack finds to be “challenging and inspiring.” “Having students come with questions that they are seriously contemplating is one

of my favourite parts of the position,” said Mack. “There is very serious engagement in the issues I’m trying to work through in the classroom with them. I didn’t know to expect this. As a grad student you spend most of your time alone with your ideas. Seeing those ideas taken up by students and applying them in ways that are novel, and relating to their own context is kind of exhilarating.”

Johnny Mack Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in 2014

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ss i s ta nt Profe sso r Grah am R e ynolds joined the Allard School of Law as a faculty member in 2013. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law, Reynolds was an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was the

Graham Reynolds Assistant professor, joined the faculty in 2013

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Co-Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, a member of Dalhousie’s Law and Technology Institute, and a recipient of an award for excellence in teaching. As a faculty member at the Allard School of Law, Reynolds’ primary area of research explores the relationship between

intellectual property and human rights. An underexplored area of research, topics that fall within this area of inquiry include the tension between patents and the right to health, the tension between copyright and the right to education, and the tension between trade-marks and freedom of expression, among a range of other issues. One stream of Reynolds’ research investigates the connection between freedom of expression and copyright. “While copyright has been said to promote freedom of expression, its exercise may also restrict the freedom of expression interests of non-copyright owning parties,” he said. “I am interested in investigating the balance struck between these two rights.” In addition to researching the relationship between intellectual property and human rights, Reynolds both teaches a seminar on this topic and has convened a discussion group for interested students, faculty, and staff. Reynolds also teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, and property law. “I’m really excited about being a faculty member here at the Allard School of Law,” he said. “The Dean has been outstanding. I have a great group of colleagues and they have been very welcoming. The professors here are doing really interesting and important research, the students are fantastic, and I feel very supported by the community.” Reynolds grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he played trombone, violin, and hockey. While no longer a playing musician, Reynolds merges his creative interests with his expertise in copyright law as a member of the Board of Directors of Artists Legal Outreach, a legal resource organization based in Vancouver for artists and artistic agencies. He received a BA (Man) and LLB (Dal) before he completed his BCL and MPhil as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Reynolds also served as judicial law clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice Finch of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Reynolds recently defended his doctoral thesis in law at the University of Oxford. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Reynolds’ doctoral thesis focused on the intersection of freedom of expression and copyright in Canada.



t wa s one of the b est – certainly one of the most gratifying – decisions that Arnold Fine has made in a long and successful career in law and finance. Fine, who graduated from the UBC Faculty of Law in 1980, returned to his alma mater in 2006 as an adjunct professor, instructing second- and third-year law students in the minutiae of equity financing. “I really enjoy it – in fact, I love it,” Fine says from his home in Palm Springs, Calif., where he and his wife Susan fly every winter to escape Vancouver’s winter chill – as soon as the class marks are tallied at the end of fall semester. Fine teaches “Topics in Commercial Law: Financing Transactions” – not the most exciting sounding class. Students, however, beg to differ: “Hilarious. Charismatic. Inspirational,” are just a few comments by students. Fine’s pedagogy is simple: the students should not only “learn something but enjoy the class.” Still, “I don’t know whether to be flattered that they find me funny,” Fine chuckles. Fine has always chosen to stroll along the light-hearted side of the street. Although a solid student, he never aspired to be top of the academic heap, laughingly recalling a favourite memory: his victory at the law school’s annual tricycle race on UBC campus. Fine went on to a 14-year career as a business lawyer, first with Davis & Company and then Oreck Chernoff Tick & Farber. Many of his clients were real estate developers, and Fine found that the grass on their side of the fence looked increasingly green. Eventually, he exchanged his legal practice for that of financier: providing loans to development projects in North America. “You can’t be in law and business at the same time. I had to make a choice,” Fine says. Still, he kept one toe in law, serving as corporate counsel for Focus Capital Corporation – a position he still holds today – while becoming a partner and manager of a private equity fund. The lion’s share of the business involved complex lending deals, with Fine often drawing upon his legal training and experience. “Having a background in law was invaluable to running an equity mortgage fund.” That’s the thing about legal training, says Fine: it’s a rock-solid foundation for any creative or business endeavour that might fall outside the parameters of a law practice. “I learned to incorporate what I learned as a

Arnold Fine Adjunct Professor, began teaching in 2006

lawyer into a strong, vibrant business,” Fine also administers the family charitable he says. foundation along with wife Susan and Although retired from business, Fine children Carly and Adam. But no matter what intends to continue teaching at UBC Law. He the responsibility or project, Fine always also sits on the boards of several institutions brings two key elements: the common sense and charities, including Emily Carr University, and logic of law as well as a sense of humour. the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, “You have to make sure that you enjoy life.”  and the Vancouver Talmud Torah Foundation.

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Allard School of Law alumni gathered with other UBC alumni at a Toronto International Film Festival party. See page 40 to read about other Alumni Events.


35 The Allard School of Law features notable publications by faculty members in the past year.

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37 Allard School of Law exchange student Jonathon Braun provides a glimpse into daily life in Warsaw, Poland as he studies both law and Eastern European culture.


40 Catch a glimpse of the best alumni events of the year, including a TIFF party in Toronto (pictured above), a joint Canadian law school event in London, and a Competitive Moot Reunion in downtown Vancouver.


Good Reads

Books Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne & Jenni Millbank, eds., Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre (London: Routledge, 2014). The issue of gender has had a large influence on the development of international refugee law over the last few decades, most notably with the Gender Guidelines issued in 2002 by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. This volume assesses the progress toward gender equality in refugee law. It documents the advances made following intense advocacy around the world in the 1990s, and considers the extent to which gender has been successfully integrated into refugee law.

Susan B. Boyd, Dorothy E. Chunn, Fiona Kelly, and Wanda Wiegers Autonomous Motherhood?: A Socio-Legal Study of Choice and Constraint (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015). Using a feminist socio-legal framework, Autonomous Motherhood? probes fundamental assumptions within the law about the nature of family and parenting. David Johnston, Kathleen Rockwell & Cristie Ford Canadian Securities Regulation , 5th ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014). In one of Canada’s foremost treatises on the subject, experts David Johnston, Kathleen Doyle Rockwell and Cristie Ford provide an authoritative exploration of the Canadian securities system, its historical underpinnings and the practical ramifications of its administration and enforcement.

Bruce MacDougall Canadian Personal Property Security Law (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2014). A comprehensive, up-to-date treatise covering personal property secured transactions law in Canada, this resource deals with all significant statutory and regulatory provisions applicable under the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA), the Securities Transfer Act and the Bank Act. The treatise also provides a comprehensive coverage of case law in this area and an extensive discussion of the common law personal property regime that lies behind and is still relevant to the PPSA.

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Takaaki Matsumiya, Hiroo Sono & Shigenori Matsui Hajimeteno houritsugaku [Introduction to Law], 4th ed. (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2014). A brief introduction to legal studies centred on a case study of a traffic accident involving two university students, this book explains the criminal liability of the driver, criminal procedure leading to conviction, civil liability of the driver, civil liability of the travel agent and hospital, and possible family and constitutional law implications. Shigenori Matsui Intanetto no kenpogaku (Tokyo: Iwanamishoten, 2014). Offering a comprehensive analysis of constitutional questions raised by the development of the Internet, the book addresses a range of topics including the regulatory authority of the government, applicability of the constitutional protection of freedom of expression, defamation, invasion of privacy, distribution of pornography and child pornography, hate speech, copyright infringement, protection of personal information and conflict of law implications. Shigenori Matsui Nihonkoku kenpouwo kangaeru [Reconsidering the Japanese Constitution], 3d ed. (Tokyo: Osaka University Press, 2014). This is a brief introduction to the Constitution of Japan, focusing on a dozen

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specific constitutional questions students and citizens encounter in their daily lives. Shigenori Matsui Hyougenno jiyu to meiyokison [Defamation and Freedom of Expression], 3d ed. (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2014). A detailed analysis of the constitutionality of imposing civil as well as criminal liability for publishing defamatory materials. It traces the development of constitutional defamation law in the United States and the proposed adoption of actual malice standards in Japan as well. James A. R. Nafziger & Robert Kirkwood Paterson, eds., Handbook on the Law of Cultural Heritage and International Trade (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014). This Handbook offers a collection of original writings by leading scholars and practitioners in the exciting, rapidly developing field of cultural heritage law. The detailed essays are the product of a multi-year project of the Committee on Cultural Heritage Law of the International Law Association. Dennis Pavlich Trusts in Common-Law Canada (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2014). This book provides an easy, approachable way of learning about the complex principles of trust law, giving readers a complete picture of the principles of trust law and enabling them to have an intuitive grasp of key concepts and doctrines.

Pitman B. Potter Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014). This book outlines a new approach for understanding China’s treaty performance around international standards on trade and human rights, using the paradigms of selective adaptation and institutional capacity. Selective adaptation reveals how local interpretation and implementation of international treaty standards are affected by normative perspectives derived from perception, complementarity, and legitimacy. Institutional capacity explains how operational dimensions of legal performance are affected by structural and relational dynamics of institutional purpose, location, orientation, and cohesion. Lloyd W. Houlden, Geoffrey B. Morawetz & Janis P. Sarra The 2014 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2014). A comprehensive four-volume looseleaf supplemented book providing a detailed annotation of the entire Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and Rules.


Message from the Allard Law Students’ Society President

Greetings alumni and friends, I t’ s been an ex citing year for the law school and JD students! The Allard Law Students’ Society is extremely happy to welcome our incoming Dean, Catherine Dauvergne. Many of us know Professor Dauvergne from the classroom, and we will be very proud to call her Dean Dauvergne in a short time! Student consultation was an important part of the Dean’s selection process. JD student representatives sat on the search committee and hosted student question and answer sessions with the candidates. Students were then invited to provide written feedback to the search committee about who they felt would be the best person to guide the law school in the years to come. The generous gift from alumnus, Peter A. Allard, QC, has also been a matter of great interest to students. Mr. Allard’s donation will have a profound and lasting positive impact on both current and future students. Students will benefit from having the best and brightest faculty members available to teach, and we look forward to increased opportunities to assist faculty in their research. Getting through law school can be a struggle for many. The portion of the Allard gift that directly funds student aid will help ease that burden for recipients, and will contribute to student success. The gift will also enhance educational opportunities at the law school, such as experiential learning programs and clinical courses. Students will continue to benefit from awards such as the Allard Prize Student Externship Fund, which provides funding for students to work with organizations that focus on anti-corruption, transparency, and the rule of law. In recognition of Mr. Allard’s support and the naming of the law school, JD students recently voted to rename our organization the Allard Law Students’ Society.

Student government continues to have a strong voice in decision making at the school through participation on various academic committees, consultation on search committees, and representation on Faculty Council. This year, our Academic Council secured generous student representation on Faculty Council, with the passing of the updated Faculty Governance Document. In addition, the Academic Council promoted a midcourse evaluation initiative in support of teaching excellence. Our Social Council also had an incredibly successful year. We put on annual favorites such as the Boat Cruise, Semi-Formal, and Trike Race, as well as hosted a record number of Friday Socials. Friday Socials offer students a chance to relax at the end of a long week, and it’s always great to see alumni in attendance at these events. All in all, student life is alive and well at the law school, thanks in part to the continued and generous support of community members like you. I know I speak for all JD students when I say thank you for continuing to be a part of the law school community. From sponsoring events, funding “Team Law” t-shirts, to speaking on various studentorganized panels, alumni involvement is always appreciated! To learn more about the Allard Law Students’ Society, please visit us on the web at, or on Twitter and Instagram at @ubclss. If you have any questions, or would like to sponsor student activities, please feel free to email

Andrea Fraser 2014  /2015 President, Allard Law Students’ Society

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Day in the Life of an Exchange Student Learning about life while studying law on academic exchange in Warsaw, Poland is the experience of a lifetime. by Jonathon Braun

W h e n I was i n h i g h s ch o o l, I was fortunate that my parents encouraged me to go on a March Break school trip to Europe. It was my first experience traveling internationally and I loved it. That brief taste of Italian pizza and German Currywurst ignited an appetite for travel that has been difficult to satisfy. Since then I have constantly sought out opportunities to explore different areas of the world. During my Bachelor’s degree, and again as a law student, I jumped at the chance to go on an international academic exchange. As difficult as it was to pull myself away from the beauty and people of Vancouver and the Allard School of Law for my final semester, my exchange at the University of Warsaw in Poland has already proven to be a wonderful and tremendously valuable experience. While I have only been here for a few months, I have already benefitted in more ways than I could have imagined. Unique Academic Opportunities While the Allard School of Law offers an outstanding selection of classes taught by brilliant professors, going on exchange to Warsaw offered the opportunity to explore Allard School of Law student Jonathon Braun overlooks the rooftops of the Old Town, Warsaw, Poland in February, 2015.

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and 2) for the first time, and later this spring I will be travelling to my grandmother’s small hometown, Grobla. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to step into a part of my family history that may not have been otherwise possible. A Home Away from Home: On the way back from a recent trip to Prague, as the bus began to approach Warsaw’s city limits, I had a feeling that I was almost home. Academic exchanges provide the opportunity to truly experience another country. On a shorter trip, the sense of urgency to see and do everything makes me forget to breathe, relax, and truly take it all in. Living in Warsaw, I am getting to know aspects of the city that I would never have The University of Warsaw, Poland.

the law from a different angle. For example, I have been learning about Polish perspectives on labour law and the separation of church and state, two topics that have unique historical relevance in Poland. I am also taking a forensics class that has perfectly complemented my previous work as a clinician with the UBC Allard School of Law Innocence Project. Fascinated by criminal investigation techniques, I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring these concepts using local examples and a somewhat different range of strategies. Furthermore, I will have the opportunity to perform some of these techniques firsthand (including fingerprinting, foot molding, and ballistics examination) when the class culminates in a mock crime scene. To Warsaw and Beyond: Going somewhere new is exciting – there are new people to meet, places to explore, and food to eat. Being on exchange gives me more time to do all of these things. Fortunately, Warsaw is perfectly located for European travel. It is easy to go on a day trip to a nearby Polish city, or hop on a bus, train, or flight for a weekend adventure. At the end of this semester, I plan to take a couple of months to wander around the continent to celebrate the conclusion of my studies. During this time, I will visit all of my European exchange student friends in their respective hometowns. I will gratefully benefit from a local’s perspective of these cities and

Experiencing criminal investigation techniques firsthand.

Downtown Warsaw, Poland, sparkles after dusk.

explore neighborhoods (along with cultural and culinary experiences) that I would never find in a tourist guidebook.

discovered as a typical tourist. I am living in a flat in Zoliborz, a lovely community in the North part of Warsaw that was established by monks and has traditionally been the home of the intelligentsia. I live with a Polish law student, David, and I am becoming friends with my many of my Polish classmates. I am struggling to learn the language and aspiring to be able to make polite small talk before I leave. I am also getting to know the city’s less explored nooks and crannies. From Communist-style restaurants (“milk bars,” subsidized by the Communist government during massive food shortages), to an “Old Town” that had to be re-built after World War II, Warsaw has a unique historical flare. It is also a fantastic, modern city and I have come to really love how green, vibrant, and livable it is. As I gradually figure out where to find the best pierogis and learn to order them politely in Polish, Warsaw is becoming a brilliant home away from home.

Reconnecting with my Roots: Besides the opportunity to live in Europe, I also chose to go to Warsaw for personal reasons. During World War II, my grandmother was taken from her home in rural Poland and sent to a Gulag Soviet work camp in Siberia. Horrifying numbers of people in the work camps perished. Fortunately she and her siblings survived. After the war, my grandmother found herself in rural Ottawa where she married my grandfather. Unfortunately my grandmother died shortly after, leaving behind two young children and a gaping absence in our family. I chose to study in Poland so that I could connect some of those lost pieces and see where my grandmother spent her childhood and adolescence. I have already visited Opole where I met my cousin’s two children (ages 5

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Alumni Events There were many interesting and exciting events for alumni held over the past year. We try our best to make sure there is something for everyone! Interested in learning more about our events? Write to us at to ensure you are on our mailing list or visit to learn more.

vancouver events Happy Hour: What do BC’s liquor policy reforms mean for consumers? The Allard School of Law and alumniUBC brought together a panel of legal and industry experts to talk about the recent proposed and imposed changes to liquor laws in BC. Hosted at CBC /  Radio Canada Vancouver by Dean Mary Anne Bobinski in April 2014, the event was followed by a reception and wine tasting. Alumni Appreciation Night at the Lawyer Show The Allard School of Law partnered with the Lawyer Show, an annual fundraiser for two local theatre institutions, to present the opening night of ‘Legally Blonde,’ in April 2014. This year’s production included a number of Allard School of Law alumni, including Ashley Syer (JD ’09) in the lead role as Elle Woods and a surprise cameo from Professor Joost Blom on opening night! Foodie for Thought Hosted in partnership with the Sauder School of Business in November 2014, this event

featured food and beverage entrepreneurs from both faculties sharing their inspiring stories. Using the ‘Pecha Kucha’ style, the presentations were fast paced, visually captivating, and highly entertaining! UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Awards On April 30, 2014, the UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Awards were hosted in style at the Four Seasons Hotel. Awards were given to recipients Thomas R. Berger, OC, QC (Lifetime Achievement Award); Michael J. O’Keefe, QC and Anne M. Stewart, QC (Alumni Award of Distinction); and Professor David G. Duff (Alumni Award for Research). This special event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our distinguished alumni community and raise funds in support of an annual student award at the Allard School of Law. Competitive Moot Reunion More than 75 former and current mooters, coaches and advisors from the past 30 years gathered at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar in Gastown for lots of food and drinks in March 2015. It was a unique opportunity to reconnect and share memories of representing UBC at various competitive moot events locally, nationally, and internationally. Hosted by Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, the event was a tremendous success and will no doubt be repeated in years to come!

Young Alumni Dine Out for Life For the third year in a row, this popular event brought together about 20 alumni at two Italian restaurants, Tavola and Nicli’s Next Door, for fun, excellent food, and philanthropy. Participants dined in support of Dine Out for Life, a fundraiser that supports individuals living with HIV / AIDS.

toronto events alumniUBC TIFF Party and Allard School of Law After Party Allard School of Law alumni joined other UBC alumni at an exclusive Toronto International Film Festival party in September 2014. Guests had the chance to celebrate the successes of the Canadian film industry while mixing and mingling with industry insiders. Following this event, Allard School of Law alumni moved to the Carbon Party for an after-party that lasted into the wee hours. It was a Hollywood-style evening by all accounts! Toronto Wine Tasting with Friends A group of Allard School of Law alumni met at Reds Wine Tavern to sample a variety of BC wines and get to know their fellow alumni in Toronto.

calgary events Tri-Mentorship Program Receptions In conjunction with the launch of our new tri-mentorship program we hosted two receptions for all participants in downtown Calgary. Articling students, associates, and senior lawyers mixed and mingled over beer and snacks at Craft Beer and National in September 2014 and March 2015 respectively.

international events Over the past year the Allard School of Law partnered with other law schools across Canada to host joint receptions in both London, UK in May 2014 and Hong Kong in December 2014. These receptions proved to be wonderful opportunities for alumni to meet other Canadians and build their local network.

Alumni Night at The Lawyer Show, April 2014

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Foodie for Thought, November 2014

UBC Law Alumni Achievement Awards, April 2014

Joint Canadian Law School Reception in London, October 2014

Panel on liquor policy, April 2014

Competitive Moot Reunion, March 2015

TIFF Alumni after party, September 2014

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How to Host a Memorable Reunion Reunions are wonderful ways to reconnect with your classmates, your professors, and your law school. With a dedicated group of class reunion volunteers, and support from staff at the Allard School of Law, a reunion has the potential to be the best social event of the year! The Class of 1993 reunion planning committee held a highly memorable 20th reunion in 2013 and suggested that the law school share six simple tips with other classes who are interested in holding a reunion. Dawna Muller, Garret Chan, Anne Dobson-Mack and Don Bell managed to bring together more than 60 percent of their classmates from around the world and raised an impressive $33,000 to establish a class bursary. Here’s how they did it.

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1. Start early

2. Teamwork

Send out a save-the-date right away so it’s in your classmates’ calendar. This approach also creates lead time to build excitement, get in touch with everyone, and get others involved in planning the reunion.

Assemble a cohesive team to organize your reunion. Much of the work involves tracking down classmates and this is much easier with 4  to 5 dedicated committee members.

“It took quite a bit of time to track everyone down and get them interested in the event. The Class of ’93 set up a private Facebook page and invited classmates to join. Many old pictures were posted…and the excitement around the event really grew.” –Dawna Muller

Good communication and follow up is key to a successful reunion. Regularly reach out to classmates during the lead up to the reunion through written invitations, email invitations, phone calls, and social media.

3. Be persistent

ALLARD SCHOOL OF LAW CLASS & REUNION GIVING Below is a listing of the top classes who have established awards, bursaries, or helped raise funds for the building project. Contributions from class initiatives, including reunion giving activities, total $990,000 and with your continued support we look forward to surpassing the million dollar mark next year! $250,000 and up Class of 1973* $100,000 and up Class of 1968* $50,000 and up Class of 1954, 1962, 1967, 1970 and 1988* $25,000 and up Class of 1958, 1976, 1984 and 1993*

6. Come back, Give back Reunions are a wonderful opportunity to raise funds in support of the next generation of Allard School of Law students. If your class is keen to make a collective contribution, the Alumni Relations Manager will assist you in developing a successful campaign.

4. Keep it simple and have fun Remember the goal is to bring people together and give them the opportunity to reconnect. “It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. There’s a lot you can do to make the planning and the event fun. […] We began our reunion with a short reception and tour of Allard Hall before meeting at the Four Seasons where we enjoyed a variety of food stations to encourage mingling, held a raffle with lots of prizes, put together an updated ‘Legal Who,’ and had fun on the dancefloor.” – Garret Chan

5. Get support The Alumni Relations Manager at the Allard School of Law can provide substantial logistical support to your reunion committee. From helping track down former classmates to organizing tours of Allard Hall, to supporting your fundraising efforts, to providing party balloons, your law school is here to help.

“Although our tuition is low in comparison to Canadian and US standards, students still pay four or five times the tuition we paid [in 1990 –1993]. There are many compelling reasons to help students in financial need – not least of all to ensure diversity in the legal profession. In my opinion, fundraising should be an important part of any reunion.”  – Garret Chan

“As a committee, we recognized that many students cannot attend law school without some kind of financial support. As we attain personal success we have a responsibility to give back. We have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life by providing them with the support they need to pursue a legal education at one of the best law schools in the world. I see this as a special way to give back as we celebrate the time in our life that we spent at law school.”   –Dawna Muller

$10,000 and up Class of 1950, 1953, 1959, 1963, 1972 and 1974 *These classes are recognized on the Allard School of Law’s lifetime donor recognition display in Allard Hall, which recognizes donors and donor groups whose cumulative contributions are greater than $25,000.

FUNDRAISING TIPS FROM DAWNA MULLER & GARRET CHAN: ÿ Ensure fundraising is part of the conversation

from the beginning: Establish whether the class is keen on fundraising early on rather than adding it to the mix at the last moment. ÿ Choose a meaningful initiative to support: The Class of 1993 chose to support an endowed student bursary fund in honour of their classmates who had passed away. ÿ Set a specific fundraising goal: The Class of 1993 set the goal of raising $30,000 so that they could endow their bursary. By providing regular updates on their fundraising efforts the committee generated excitement among classmates as they got closer and closer to achieving their goal. ÿ Set a participation goal: Encourage classmates to contribute at a level that fits within their philanthropic plans. Setting a participation goal will help to inspire broad support.

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Alumni Reunions Over the past year, the Allard School of Law has been pleased to help support nine reunions. The classes of 1954, 1959 (hosted by John Laxton and spouse at their house), 1964, 1969, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1999, and 2009 all celebrated milestone anniversaries with a special event. Since many alumni had not seen the new Allard Hall, most of the classes incorporated a tour of the school with one of our Student Ambassadors.

Class of 1954

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Following the tours of the law school, reunion events ranged from a casual Saturday afternoon BBQ to a formal evening at the Terminal City Club downtown and everything in between. The events were well-attended and enjoyed by all. Thank you to all of the alumni who attended and especially those who took on leadership roles in organizing these special events!

Class of 1974

Class of 1984

Class of 1989

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Class Notes 1950



The Hon. Jacob (Jack) Austin, PC, CM, OBC, QC (LLB’ 55, Hon LLD’11) was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his public service and for his work in advancing Canada’s foreign trade relations, notably within the AsiaPacific region.

Lyall Knott, QC (LLB’72) was appointed to the advisory board of the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as to the BC Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

Elizabeth Vogt, QC (LLB ‘82), Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, received the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction (Business and the Professions) Award and was also appointed Queen’s Counsel. She is currently the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a board member and co vicechair of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women.




The Hon. Lance Finch, QC (LLB’62, Hon LLD’62), former Chief Justice of British Columbia, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.


Gordon Taylor, QC (LLB ’74), Partner with Taylor Tait Ruley and Company, and Mary MacGregor, QC (LLB’76), a corporate commercial solicitor with Mary MacGregor Law Corporation, were both appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. The Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, PC, QC (LLB ’76), former BC premier, was awarded the WallenbergSugihara Civil Courage Award in recognition of his actions as a critic of sectarian violence and his advocacy for social justice. The Honourable John E.D. Savage (LLB ’77) was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Yukon

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Former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC (LLB’83) was appointed the Founding Principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta in 2014. Anne Giardini, QC (LLB ’84) was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2014 by the Women’s Executive Network. She is also currently serving as the 11th Chancellor of Simon Fraser University and sits on the boards of a number of local Vancouver organizations, including the Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver International Writers Festival, and the Vancouver YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards.

James Speakman (LLB’85), whose practice merges real estate and corporate finance & securities, was named managing partner of Clark Wilson LLP. In May 2014, Judge Carmen Rogers (LLB’89) was sworn in as a Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. George Proulx, QC (LLB ’83), Crown Prosecutor, David M. Rush, QC (LLB ’84), Partner at Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP, Randall Kaardal, QC (LLB’86), senior litigator at Hunter Litigation Chambers, Helen Low, QC (LLB ’87), Partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Craig Ferris, QC (LLB ’89), Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, were appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2014.



In November 2014, Leona Sparrow (LLB ’92) was recognized with the UBC Alumni Award of Distinction. Ms. Sparrow is the Manager of Treaty, Lands and Resources for the Musqueam Indian Band and has been an invaluable source of advice for UBC as it seeks to improve and expand its relations with the Musqueam and other First Nations peoples.

Arnold Chan (LLB’93) was elected the Member of Parliament for ScarboroughAgincourt in July 2014. In 2014, David McLean (Hon. LLD’94) published A Road Taken, a book about his distinguished career. Mr. McLean also retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Railway Company, almost 20 years after being appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada in 1994. Joseph Garcia, (LLB’96), was elected to the LifeSciences BC Board of Directors. He was also recognized by LifeSciences BC as the 2015 Corporate Advisor of the Year and included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada for his practice in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Karen MacMillan (JD’98), Partner and Chief Inclusiveness Officer at Lawson Lundell LLP, received a 2015 Wendy McDonald Award, presented by the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle, for her work as an Outstanding Mentor/ Sponsor.

Karen Horsman, QC (LLB’92), Legal Counsel for the Province of British Columbia, George Kondor, QC (LLB ’93), Partner at Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, Kenneth Kramer, QC (LLB’93), Principal at KMK Law Corporation, and Raymond Phillips, QC (LLB’93), duty counsel with the First Nations Court in Kamloops, were all appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.



Neil Davie (LLB’01), Bull Housser’s Real Estate Group leader, and Brodie Swartz (LLB’02), Vice President, Legal at OMERS Administration Corporation, were both named Rising Stars in Lexpert’s Leading Lawyers Under 40. Katrina Pacey (LLB’01) stepped up from her position as Litigation Director to Executive Director at Pivot Legal Society. Rahim Moloo (LLB’05) in now Counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Moloo is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches an advanced course on international arbitration.

Shauna Towriss (LLB’05) recently became a partner at Clark Wilson LLP in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Private Company Transactions and Energy & Natural Resources Groups. Scott Bernstein (JD’09) is now a Program Officer for the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations in New York. Geoff Rawle (JD’09) has taken up the position of Counsel at Bloomberg LP in New York.

Katie Van Nostrand (JD’09) recently joined Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP Vancouver Office as an associate.



Jennifer Blood and Geoffrey Huggett, (both JD’11), were married on June 21, 2014 in Vancouver and Isabel Henkelman (JD’11) & Rory McGillis (JD’10) were married on September 20, 2014 in Toronto.

Yun Li-Reilly (JD’11) is the recipient of the 2014 Law Society Scholarship for Graduate Legal Studies and will be pursuing an LLM at Harvard in the fall of 2015. Sara Hopkins (JD’12) was recently awarded the Sport BC Presidents’ Award for her leadership as President of CanoeKayak BC. Natasha Jategaonkar (JD’13) recently joined Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP in Vancouver as an associate. Anthony Oliver (JD’13), who has recently been clerking for Justice Leonard Mandamin at the federal court in Ottawa, will soon be returning to Alberta to join the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in St. Paul. In his new role, Anthony will be working with four Métis settlements and five First Nations across northeastern Alberta.

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The Honourable Valerie J Taggart Taylor Jordan Chafetz Agnes Thompson Peter M. Tolensky Torys LLP Francois E Tougas Brian Tsuji UBC Law Alumni Association UBC Law Review John Symon Wasty Pete Westcott William Westeringh, QC Michael Whitt Sandra Wilkins Adam Jay Williams Richard W Wozney Jia Chen and Xusheng Yang Paul Yeung Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors

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Harold Meyerman (1938 – 2015) Born in Deventer, Netherlands, alumnus Harold Meyerman came to Canada in 1957 determined to be a success. He worked in banking and eventually enrolled at UBC where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration (1967) and a LLB (1970). Fluent in English, Dutch, German and French, Meyerman went on to have a distinguished international career in banking and finance. After completing law school he joined Bankers Trust Company where he held a number of international positions before joining First Interstate Bank, Ltd as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. In 1993 he moved to Chase Manhattan Bank where he served as Managing Director of Global Financial Institutions and Trade Group until retirement in 1998. Meyerman believed that his legal training, and the discipline, determination and focus that came

Ed McNally (1925 – 2014) with it, was an invaluable asset in his business career. Meyerman served on numerous corporate boards, was a long standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and, along with his wife Dorothy, was a strong supporter of music and the arts, particularly the Palm Springs Art Museum. The Faculty is grateful for Harold and Dorothy’s strong support of the law school over the years, and in particular for naming the Faculty as a beneficiary of the Meyerman Family Trust. Meyerman’s support of so many worthy initiatives will be his legacy.

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Edward McNally worked as a journalist and a editor before coming to UBC to study Law. After graduating in 1951, he married his wife Linda and had four children. Weekends were spent on their family farm where he became increasingly passionate about barley and raising cattle. Over time, he became interested in the art of brewing beer and in 1985 Big Rock was established. Starting out small, the brewery was one of the first in Canada to have sterile filtration, eliminating the need to pasteurize their beer, and offering Canadians a new, European-inspired taste. Today, Big Rock is the second largest Canadian-owned brewery. McNally was a pillar in the community of Calgary throughout his career. McNally’s entrepreneurial vision and philanthropic spirit have been recognized over the years with numerous awards including the Governor General of Canada’s Order of Canada in 2005. He will be fondly

remembered by all who had the opportunity to enjoy his company over a pint of Big Rock beer. As one of the Allard School of Law’s many graduates in Calgary, McNally and his wife Linda were always keen to host alumni events and bring people together. In the early days of Big Rock, McNally hosted law school students at his brewery (‘Big Rock Club’) by chartering a bus from Vancouver to Calgary. Most recently, the McNallys established the B. Vincent Reed, QC Award in Law in support of Allard School of Law students.


Catherine Dauvergne, Appointed Dean of the Allard School of Law Big ideas. “I believe that a key part of my role as the next Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law is to work together with others to put big ideas into the world; to follow these ideas through, to see what echoes or connects, and to create opportunities that will propel the Faculty forward.” Dr. Dauvergne, whose term begins July 1, 2015, is currently a Professor at the Allard School of Law and a Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Dauvergne has an extensive publication record in the areas of refugee and immigration law. She has received many awards including the UBC Alumni Association Research Award, published six books, and received almost $1 million in competitive research funding over the years. She has also supervised ten PhD graduates, helping them to move their own big ideas forward. Dauvergne served as Senior Advisor to the President of UBC from 2009 to 2011, and as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty in 2007 and 2008. Dauvergne received her BA in 1987 and her MA in 1988, both from Carleton University. She was the Gold Medalist when she received her LLB from UBC in 1995 and went on to clerk for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada. Dauvergne pursued graduate

study in Australia, receiving her PhD in 2000 from Australian National University. She held her first academic appointment at the University of Sydney beginning in 1998, before she returned to Canada in 2002 to take up the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law at UBC. She was named a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation in 2012. Dauvergne is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. “I have a special connection with the UBC and especially with the law school – as an alumna, teacher, mentor, scholar and administrator. I am tremendously grateful to be associated with this great university, and with one of the leading law schools in Canada that has a reputation for innovative research, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates. The Allard School of Law is on an exciting trajectory in terms of global prominence and reach. I look forward to working with the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Law Alumni Association, our alumni, the legal community, faculty members, students and other supporters of the law school to generate and implement the big ideas that will shape the future of the Faculty.”

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On September 17, 1976, the Honourable Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada, looks on as Dean George F. Curtis officially opens the modern new home of the law school. In 2011, the George F. Curtis building would be replaced by the beautiful Allard Hall, the current home of the Allard School of Law.

Celebrating Historical Milestones Thanks to a generous donation from Peter A. Allard, QC, the Allard School of Law has launched an online historical archive to preserve its rich history. This comprehensive and interactive website includes audio interviews of some of our alumni, former and current deans and professors; information on important milestone events for the Faculty; and a searchable database to allow users to find information about former classmates, professors and alumni. Visit to contribute a story or photo.

In September 2015, UBC will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first graduating class. Join us in celebrating our many institutional milestones and looking forward to future plans and possibilities as UBC continues its tradition of collaboration, community connection and global impact. Visit to learn more about how you can share in the celebration.

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