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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 269 Two of our J.D. students are spending the winter semester on exchange there. Our exchange student from EBS University of Business and Law returned home at the end of the fall semester while two of our students completed the fall Transnational Commercial Law semester at that university’s campus in Wiesbaden, Germany. Recently we have also formed a student exchange program with Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Münster, Germany. I would especially like to thank the board of governors and staff of the Law Foundation of British Columbia for the truly game-changing level of support that we received in late 2016. The Law Foundation board decided to provide ongoing funding to our faculty’s Community Legal Clinic, which will enable it to move into full-time operation later this year. The Law Foundation further awarded grants to enable three TRU Law students to work during the summer as paid employees of NGOs through the Law Foundation’s Public Interest Work Placement Program. We also received funding to establish a Pro Bono Students Canada chapter in our faculty starting this spring with funding for one student coordinator to work full-time over the summer and two part-time during the academic year to develop legal research projects in conjunction with NGOs and supervising external lawyers. Another major expression of appreciation must be extended to the Kamloops law firm Fulton & Company LLP, which is the oldest law firm still operating in our province. Founded in 1885 with its main office in Kamloops and more recently also operating in Vancouver, this multi-service firm was instrumental in supporting the creation of our Faculty of Law, which opened in September 2011. Fulton & Company began contributing to an endowment shortly thereafter that will produce in perpetuity a $5,000 scholarship to a student entering TRU Law. The scholarship particularly targets a student with a strong academic record who also possesses a strong connection to Kamloops or other Interior B.C. community. Incoming student Oliver Verenca was selected to receive this first Fulton & Company scholarship. Oliver completed all of his primary and secondary schooling in Kamloops before going to Queen’s University where he completed his B.A. (Hons.) and then to UBC Okanagan for his M.S.W. Finally, I am pleased to advise that we launched an e-newsletter in December 2016 that will be issued on a quarterly basis. If you are not already receiving it and wish to do so, you may sign up by completing the simple form located at the lower right of our home page online: <www.tru.ca/law>. ENDNOTE 1. Online: <http://ouclf.iuscomp.org/articles/hunt_ shirazian.shtml>.


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