434 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to thank the 32 Kamloops lawyers
(which included seven alumni) and four colleagues who judged all of our
first-year law students in their moot competitions as part of the requirement
for their Fundamental Legal Skills course. We hope that our 1Ls will
look back on this event with great fondness in the future, as it reflected the
first time they were on their feet arguing points of law.
A further practical example of the significance of fundraising in the life of
TRU Law was fully evident at the “Law Awards” event on March 27, when
13 scholarships, bursaries and course prizes totalling $35,500 were distributed
along with 27 unfunded Dean’s Course Prizes. We currently have 36
donors who enable us to give out $160,000 per year through our fall and winter
“Law Awards” events. The Law Foundation of BC deserves once again to
be singled out for providing $20,000 for four Public Interest Awards of
$5,000 each to second- or third-year law students who have demonstrated a
strong interest or experience in public interest law. The Law Foundation
also recently announced that it is extending its entrance scholarship program
at TRU for five more years. This grant enables us to award six
entrance scholarships at $5,000 per scholarship.
Our thanks also go to Scotiabank for its Prize in Business Associations;
the Fraser Valley Bar Association, the Provincial Court Judges’ Association
and the superior court judiciary for their respective bursaries; Harris &
Company LLP for its Prize in Labour Law; the Advocate for its Legal Writing
Prize; and Sunmark Developments Ltd. for its award.
During the current academic year we have benefited from donor support
to create the following new prizes and awards: Blake, Cassels and Graydon
LLP Prizes in Torts, Contracts and Corporate Governance; the Gervin Métis
Award for Distinguished Advocacy and Leadership; the Harris & Company
LLP Prize in Labour Law; the Superior Courts Judiciary Endowment Fund
that will generate $4,000/year in perpetuity; the new Legal Writing Prize
from the Advocate; the VBA for its new bursary; the Society of Trust and
Estate Practitioners for the Wills and Estates Prize; and an anonymous
donor who funded the Helping Hands Law Bursary that provides a significant
bursary to one student for all three years of the J.D. program at TRU.
The course prizes previously provided in Contracts, Torts and Property Law
by Bull Houser and Tupper LLP are now being provided by Norton Rose Fulbright
We are currently continuing our efforts to add to this list by seeking funding
for more course prizes, bursaries and scholarships. Our stretch goal is to be
able to dispense $500,000 per year by 2021, so we still have a long way to go.