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414 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Students in the clinical program work with staff lawyers Stephen Perks and Tybring Hemphill, both of whom have been mainstays of the Law Centre for over 15 years. They assist students with their files and help them prepare for trials, often accompanying them to court. Students also work with Susan Noakes, the staff social worker who helps address the full range of clients’ problems and who assists the students with how to interact most effectively with clients, some of whom have led very difficult lives. Students have found this interdisciplinary approach immensely rewarding. The face of the clinic is Program Administrator Judy Jones. As far as Glenn is concerned, she runs the place and deals with every aspect of administration. “It is clear that she truly loves her job,” says Glenn. “She is down to earth, knowledgeable and easy to deal with, but she is not afraid to tell the students to pull up their socks. She is the eyes and ears of the place.” And so is her dog, Misty—a sweet little Maltese Shih Tzu cross. “Misty is an institution who keeps the students’ stress levels under control,” explains Glenn. “She is wonderful at calming down our clients. She is the secret.” And it seems Judy truly does love her job. “Our students work tirelessly to assist so many people on a daily basis,” explains Judy. “With cutbacks to so many agencies, the Law Centre continues to help those who cannot help themselves or navigate the legal system. Glenn Gallins, as director of the Law Centre, oversees not only the teaching and support of the students, but also all of the funding challenges. Glenn, with the help of the outstanding staff of the Law Centre, is dedicated to students’ ongoing learning and, most importantly, the professional and empathic assistance given to clients.” The Law Centre has been able to keep its doors open for 40 years thanks in large part to the support of the Law Foundation of BC, which has provided uninterrupted funding every year since 1984, and more recently by the friends and alumni of the law faculty through donations. The Law Centre’s record of contribution is impressive—truly worth celebrating! We are throwing a 40th birthday party on Friday, June 9 at the Law Centre’s offices in the old Land Title Office at the back of the courthouse from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Please join us! This event will be held in conjunction with the annual conferences of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers from June 8–10 in Victoria, B.C. For more information, check the UVic Law website calendar at <www.uvic.ca/law>. t t t t t


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