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VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
Another strong supporter of TRU Law has been Sharon Matthews, Q.C.
We are delighted by her appointment to the B.C. Supreme Court and hope
that we can continue to see her often.
A recent guest speaker to both sections of our criminal law course, as well
as to the CBA Criminal Justice Section of Kamloops, was Craig Fraser, then
senior Ontario Crown counsel of the Hamilton office. He spoke of his role
as lead counsel in R. v. Millard and Smich (involving the Tim Bosma murder)
and the vital importance of forensic evidence to the murder convictions
when no body was discovered. On his return home he was greeted with the
news of his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice.
I would also like to thank Chief Justice Robert Bauman, as well as the
Honourable Thomas Cromwell, for being keynote speakers at a dinner to
close the first day of the annual conference of the TRU Society of Law Students
(“SLS”), which this year focused on access to justice.
One of the highlights, as well as sources of major stress, in the lives of law
students in mid-February to mid-March is the arrival of mooting season. We
continued our involvement in the BC Law Schools Competitive Moot this
year. Congratulations go out to the University of Victoria team that won an
extremely close competition among all three B.C. law schools.
We also had two teams compete once again in the Wilson Moot (on ss. 7
and 15 of the Charter), hosted by the Federal Court in Toronto. I am very
pleased to advise that the TRU team won the award for producing the best
factum. We had additional TRU Law teams in the McIntyre Cup at the University
of Manitoba (a criminal trial scenario); the Kawaskimhon Moot (on
an Indigenous-government negotiation scenario) hosted by McGill University;
and, for TRU’s first time, in the Canadian round of the Jessup International
Law Moot hosted this year by the University of New Brunswick Law
School in honour of its 125th anniversary.
I want to thank the many coaches who volunteered a huge amount of
time to guide, advise, grill and support our talented competitors from the
preparatory stages to the moot itself, all of which took place under the
supervision of Professor Ryan Gauthier. Their contribution was augmented
very importantly by the many lawyers who volunteered to serve as practice
round judges in both Kamloops and Vancouver. I especially want to thank
our key coaches: Lauren Wihak, Greg Pun, Q.C., Laryssa Borowyk, Frank
Caputo, Chrystie Stewart and Professor Craig Jones, Q.C. They all know
how much our students deeply appreciated their efforts.