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886 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 of Law Students (“SLS”) who invited them to join this special Facebook page. Over the intervening months these incoming students learned about our law school, our students, Kamloops, places to live and more. Our returning students organized social events over the summer in various cities and formed friendships. So too did the 115 incoming J.D. students, who began to meet people with whom they would be spending three years of law school and a lifetime in the legal profession. We encouraged the incoming students to visit our campus and law school if they could before school began. I met many of them at the Red Collar Brewery on September 3 for the kick-off of our orientation week that was co-organized by key SLS representatives and Katrina Harding, our special projects and events coordinator. Brittney Dumanowski and her stellar team of 2Ls and 3Ls played an absolutely vital role in giving a tremendous welcome to our new 1Ls that continued on through campus tours, scavenger hunts, parties and, at the end, the SLS Olympics on September 9. By the end of the week our newest students were telling me that they had already made more friends than they did in the four years of their undergrad degrees. This success reflects the continuation of the culture started in 2011. I regard the collegial atmosphere developed by the students at TRU Law to be the very best I have ever witnessed at a law school anywhere in the world. Of course, an orientation week includes the participation of distinguished guests. Our special guests at the opening welcoming ceremony on September 5 included elders Mike Arnouse and Dr. Margaret Vickers Hyslop; the Honourable Wally Oppal, Q.C., chancellor of TRU; TRU president Alan Shaver; interim mayor of Kamloops Arjun Singh; TRU Student Union president Tatiana Gilbert; SLS president Ike Birk; Indigenous Law Students Association president Kateri Koster; Kamloops Bar Association president Alicia Glaicar; CBABC president Bill Veenstra; Yale County bencher Michelle Stanford; Law Foundation of B.C. executive director Wayne Robertson, Q.C.; and Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree of the B.C. Provincial Court, who delivered a very stimulating speech as our keynote speaker. “What you’ve seen on (TV legal drama) Suits is not the way we expect you to behave,” joked Chief Judge Crabtree, as the seventh class of TRU Law listened eagerly. The Chief Judge shared his personal excitement at being able to continue to contribute to the law while engaging with and helping people over his decades-long career. He expressed his hope that our new students would ultimately develop a similar passion. He also delivered a strong message to the students regarding current political-legal sentiments in Canada with respect to Indigenous people and


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