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VOL. 76 PART 4 JULY 2018
I presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Law, Property
and Society at Maastricht University (Netherlands) on “Consultation
with Indigenous Peoples: Where Development and Indigenous Property
Rights Collide” with Professor Margaret Stephenson of University of
LSBC GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
We had an unusual experience this spring when I discovered that we had
two students in a tie for the gold medal that is presented annually by the
Law Society to the graduating student with the highest GPA from each of the
three B.C. law schools. I immediately called Sydney Snape at the Law Society
to ascertain if this had ever happened before and, if so, what was done.
Sydney said that it had occurred before and she checked to confirm that
UVic had a tie in 1989 and UBC in 2001. Fortunately, I did not have to ask
the two students flip a coin, cut cards, draw straws an opportunity to
be available for a limited time in any event – Asst. Ed. or play rock–paper–
scissors or any other game of chance or skill: the Law Society generously
provided a gold medal to each of the winners. Thus, I am very pleased to
say that the winners of the Law Society gold medal at TRU Law for 2018 are
both Danielle Ching and Brandon Harrison.
COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC
The TRU community legal clinic continues to grow. As of February 2018 we
relocated to downtown Kamloops (623 Victoria Street) in much larger space.
An official opening was held on May 10 with over 80 people in attendance,
including Mayor Ken Christian and four city councillors, as well as our MP
and two MLAs, the legal profession and a broad range of social service agencies,
funders, elders and many others. Our J.D. students can now take up to
12 credits in a semester at the clinic. We have also welcomed two fourthyear
B.S.W. students for their practicum placements with our clinic for the
summer. We are now seeking to appoint a part-time lawyer and a part-time
outreach worker to join the two full-time lawyers and office manager to
expand our services. We are seeking to ensure strong connections between
our clinic and other key agencies that will enable a more holistic service to
many of our low-income clients.
July is also the time when new colleagues arrive, if a faculty or school is fortunate.
In our case, we have been doubly fortunate with the arrivals of