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May Advocate 2017

THE ADVOCATE VOL.V O L . 75 7 5 PART P A R T 3 3 MAY M A Y 2 2017 0 1 7 415 TRU LAW FACULTY NEWS By Bradford W. Morse* The Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law has continued to build upon its growing reputation for being home to extremely talented scholars, teachers and students, as well as for being a very welcoming environment in which to come for a visit. VISITORS Our third brush with the Supreme Court of Canada this academic year occurred with the most welcome visit of retired Supreme Court of Canada justice the Honourable Thomas Cromwell. During his time with us he delivered a tour de force in his public lecture entitled “Why Everyone Should Care About Access to Justice”, which addressed the growing challenges faced by Canada and Canadians as access to justice declines due to ever-increasing costs and complexities in our legal system. As the past chair of the national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, he has already had a profound role in increasing public attention and debate on these critical issues. We are looking forward to seeing much more of him in the months and years to come. We also benefited from a visit from B.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C., in February for a lengthy yet informal discussion with colleagues on access to justice challenges and new initiatives underway, as well as those under consideration by the B.C. government to help close the massive gap between the public’s need for legal services and the public’s ability to access those services. Dr. Louis Daniel Muka Tshibende, Vice Dean of International Relations of the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy), spent a week with us in February along with senior lawyer Dan Marcotte, Q.C., of Prince George. Mr. Mar- * Bradford Morse is the dean of law at the TRU Faculty of Law.


May Advocate 2017
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