THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 255 we are very fortunate to have leading the Clinic. Students gain competency in a whole range of professional skills—legal drafting, interview techniques, critical thinking, problem solving, file management, professionalism and client relations—and also expand their learning in substantive areas of business law, such as corporate/commercial law, intellectual property law, employment law, charity law, tax law, privacy law and other areas. What is particularly exciting, too, and what was key in developing the Clinic, is that the Clinic provides critically important pro-bono legal services to the community and instills in law students the importance of giving back to the community. The Bobinski Business Law Clinic is currently in its second semester of operation. How would you like to see it grow in the years to come? We would like to see the Clinic grow in a number of ways. First, we would like to expand the number of students who can enroll in the Clinic. Currently, six students per term are enrolled, but we would like to expand that number to at least twelve per term. Second, we would also like to expand the number of academic credits available to students who participate in the Clinic. The Clinic is currently set at six credits, and we could expand it so that students would have the capacity to take on more files. This would require a greater commitment with respect to supervision, so it is something that we plan to explore in collaboration with the Clinic’s supervising lawyers and co-directors. Third, we would also like to find a space for the Clinic downtown. We are grateful to be operating out of Allard Hall, as doing so has many benefits; however, a space downtown would allow more clients to access the services of the Clinic and increase its visibility in the community. BOBINKSI BUSINESS LAW CLINIC In September 2016 the Allard School of Law received a funding commitment from alumnus Robert Pirooz, Q.C. The commitment is sufficient to enable the law school to continue to operate the Clinic through spring 2017. Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former UBC law school dean Mary Anne Bobinski. The Clinic will bear Bobinski’s name for the ensuing year. Under her innovative leadership, the law school enjoyed over a decade of profound change and growth, marked by enhanced teaching and research, expanded international reach and new programs in business law and experiential learning. Former J.D. student Kevan Hanowski, now an articling student at McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver, was part of the Clinic’s inaugural class. Kevan answered some questions about the experience and how it has given him a more robust understanding of the varied roles a lawyer can fill.
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