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92 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Term was one of the most enlightening and motivating parts of his law degree. The highlight of the faculty’s first CLT in 1978 (directed by Professor Lyman Robinson) was the murder trial of John Aiken. Gordon MacDonald of Victoria was defence counsel and he was assisted by the entire CLT class (12 students) who, with Professor Robinson’s guidance, produced legal memos and undertook very valuable legwork for him. When a verdict of not guilty was rendered, the CLT students injudiciously broke into applause along with certain other members of the public who were present. The trial Judge, Mr. Justice McKay, was not pleased and he promptly summoned Professor Robinson into his chambers to express his dissatisfaction with the students’ inappropriate outburst. This year’s CLT may have lacked that moment of courtroom drama, but Professors Gerry Ferguson and Michelle Lawrence, who taught this year’s CLT, made sure it was filled with many other memorable experiences: • The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., moved the class to near tears in describing his experiences interacting with First Nations members in northern Ontario with respect to their experiences with the criminal justice system. In later recounting highlights from his diverse and distinguished career, he provided students, in his humble, humane and caring style, with an inspiring model of how to live a rewarding professional life. • Justice Russ Brown (class of ’94) provided the CLT students with a wonderfully informal, frank and practical view into the realities, challenges and privileges of serving as a Supreme Court of Canada judge. • Bill Smart, Q.C., gave the students unique insights into changes over the years in criminal law practice and the challenges ahead based on his experiences as a distinguished criminal lawyer, then a B.C. Supreme Court judge and now a practitioner once again. • Justice Barbara Fisher (class of ’82 and visiting judge-in-residence) painted a fascinating picture of the similarities and differences between the common law adversarial system and the inquisitorial system in France. • Peter Wilson, Q.C., and Bernd Walter, Chair of the B.C. Review Board, gave students a comprehensive and behind-the-scenes view of the challenges of dealing with mentally disordered clients, unfit accused and NCRMD patients. • And the list of other distinguished guests goes on and on, including:


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