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iors Information. These additional funds come on top of our core funding
from the Law Foundation, along with several small donations and funds
from TRU and the law faculty. These funds will make a profound difference
in the clinic’s capacity to respond more effectively and extensively to the
huge unmet need for legal services by low income people in the Thompson
Many of our students are truly remarkable in a variety of ways. Some display
this by achieving academic awards, through mooting and negotiation
competitions, by helping TRU Law teams win athletic medals, by creating
smartphone apps for NGOs through a unique course called Apps for A2J
taught by Professor Katie Sykes, by succeeding in school while holding
down several jobs or raising children as single parents, and on and on.
There is such a large pool of fantastic students that I rarely feel that I could
single just one out for special attention. Nevertheless, I feel I should make
an exception for this issue of the Advocate.
Grace McDonell is a third-year TRU Law student who has had a significant
impact on the daily life of a significant number of law students over
the past 2.5 years. She has in recent months surpassed all of her prior
achievements. She has been the driving force behind developing the coalition
of LGBTQ groups at UBC, UVic and TRU that engaged pro bono counsel
to seek intervener status successfully before the Supreme Court of Canada
in Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, et al. She subsequently
was the lead author of the brief filed by this coalition and
attended oral argument before the court on November 30 and December 1.
While en route to the Supreme Court of Canada, she detoured to Toronto to
speak on LGBTQ advocacy as an invited speaker at the Sex and Gender Conference
hosted and organized by the University of Toronto. While there she
also held a forum for students and student government on how best to advocate
for your cause. It is not surprising that she was selected by a committee
of my colleagues as one of four recipients of the Law Foundation’s annual
Public Interest Awards. She is an extremely talented and caring individual
and I readily predict she will be a tremendous lawyer and a positive force
within our profession for years to come.
Let me close by extending an invitation to readers of the Advocate to contact
me at <email@example.com> if you would like to learn more about TRU
Law or if you have any questions.