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268 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE teaches full-time in the TRU School of Business and Economics and also teaches TRU Law’s real estate law course, was named the new chair of the board of the Interior Health Authority. Associate Professor Micah Rankin has truly made his mark on Canadian sentencing law through his role as lead counsel for the appellant in R. v. Anthony–Cook, 2016 SCC 43. Through a decision authored by Moldaver J., the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously overturned the decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal on how the trial judge should treat joint submissions. The law had been unsettled as to which of four possible approaches should be favoured. After considering them all, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that the more stringent public interest test should be adopted such that a trial judge should only depart from a joint submission where implementing such a proposal would bring the administration of justice into disrepute or would otherwise be contrary to the public interest. This decision has already been implemented by trial judges inviting further submissions on sentencing and allowing the accused to withdraw his or her guilty plea. Third-year student Dustin Gagnon, a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, is the recipient of the 2016 Aboriginal Lawyers Forum Student Award of the CBABC. Mr. Gagnon has served as the president of the Indigenous Law Students’ Association at TRU for the past two years and has been very active in his home community of Moricetown. The award, which also includes $500, is given annually to a law student of Aboriginal ancestry from one of B.C.’s three law schools who has shown consistent dedication to Aboriginal people in the field of law. Mr. Gagnon is the first recipient from TRU in the award’s seven-year history. TRU Law students Richard Wong and Nathan MacDermott, coached by Associate Dean Jon Heshka, are believed to be the first Canadian law school team to participate in the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition hosted by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. They were one of 40 teams from 23 law schools. TRU Law was also represented at the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada in Toronto in December 2016. J.D. students Kyle Sandulescu and Kris Kinash joined Richard Wong and Nathan MacDermott in the competition with 32 other teams from across Canada and the United States. FACULTY DEVELOPMENTS Through the assistance of Prince George lawyer Dan Marcotte, who was inspired to take a sabbatical from active practice and complete a LL.M. in international business law at the Catholic University of Lyon (“UCLy”) in France, our faculty acquired UCLy as its second overseas partner in 2016.


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