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416 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE cotte pursued an LL.M. in international business law at UCLy in 2015–16 and very kindly organized introductions between TRU Law and UCLy that ultimately generated a new partnership between our two law schools. TRU J.D. students Amanda Pereira and Cedar Swartz-Fisher have been studying at UCLy in the current semester. Both Dr. Muka Tshibende and Mr. Marcotte kindly shared their insights about UCLy, its law school, the learning experience for Canadians coming from a common law background and the many attractions of the city and region. Dr. Muka Tshibende also delivered a special lecture to the entire first-year class as a joint session of the Contracts and Torts classes on the French Civil Code provisions on obligations along with an analysis of the similarities and differences between the common and civil law systems in this field. Another seminal event held in February was the first annual diversity in practice panel organized by the TRU chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, which was celebrating its first anniversary, in honour of Black History Month. A packed classroom relished the presentations by retired B.C. Supreme Court JusticeSelwyn Romilly, Frank Walwyn (partner at WeirFoulds and former president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers), Raphael Tachie (VP of Tax, Retirement and Estate Planning at Manulife Financial and President of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers) and Yale County bencher Michelle Stanford. The TRU Society of Law Students (“SLS”) hosted another of its very successful annual conferences in February. The theme this year was sports, media and entertainment law. This particularly apt focus builds upon the fact that Associate Dean Jon Heshka has taught Sports Law I over the past four years and sessional lecturer Jon Festinger, Q.C., has significantly enriched our curriculum by teaching Sports Law II, Entertainment Law, Digital Media Law and Communications Law. The conference included the following distinguished speakers: Paul Haagenson (president of Live Nation Canada, which produces over 1,200 concerts annually across the country as the biggest promoter in Canada); Paul Melia (president and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and administrator of the Canadian Anti- Doping Program); Peter Lawless (VP of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a leading sports lawyer); Gilles Daigle (general counsel, SOCAN); Michael McCann (legal analyst for Sports Illustrated and NBA TV), Christina Bulbrook (senior associate, MEP Business Counsel); Professor Kevin Young (University of Calgary); senior lawyer Jeff Young; Jennifer Keim (senior legal counsel, BC Lottery Corporation); Juliet Smith (partner at Dentons specializing in entertainment law and a 2015 Daytime Emmy recipient); Ian Humphrey (in-house counsel at the world’s leading elec-


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