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May Advocate 2017

THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 411 UVIC LAW FACULTY NEWS By Julie Sloan* THE LAW CENTRE TURNS 40 This year marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Victoria’s Law Centre, which we will celebrate at the Law Centre on June 9. As we look back to its beginnings and through its evolution important principles remain clear: the Law Centre offers a critical service to a vulnerable segment of society, and at its heart is a robust student clinical program— arguably the best in the country. The Law Centre serves between 1,800 and 2,000 low-income clients per year and is the longest running common law clinical program in Canada. What started from humble beginnings in 1977 has served over 80,000 clients in the Greater Victoria area and has become a pillar of student education at UVic Law, thanks in large part to the unwavering direction of Glenn Gallins, Q.C. When the University of Victoria’s law school first opened, the school’s initial objective was to have a public law orientation and a focus on contributing to the community. Creating the Law Centre was part of that vision. Murray Fraser, Q.C., founding dean of the law school, was the driving force behind the creation of the Law Centre. Professor Neil Gold worked with Murray to get the program up and running in 1977. The idea of clinical programs, which started in the U.S. in the early 1970s, was still very new. Once the program was established Neil stepped down and in 1978 Professor Keith Jobson volunteered to step in as the director. In the beginning, students started their clinical term on day one with a pile of files on their desks and had to figure out what to do with them. In 1978 Glenn Gallins was hired to help create a more structured program for students. * Julie Sloan is the communications officer at the UVic Faculty of Law.


May Advocate 2017
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