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VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
By Bradford W. Morse*
The Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University (“TRU Law”) continues
to grow on all fronts while also experiencing more “firsts” in keeping with
its evolution as western Canada’s only new law school since the University
of Calgary launched its law school (“UCalgary Law”) in 1976.
ACKNOWLEDGING UCALGARY LAW
Before turning to some of those more recent developments at TRU Law, it
is important to acknowledge the role played by the law school across the
Rockies in the early days of TRU Law. The establishment of TRU Law was
interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, significantly helped by UCalgary
Law, which by that time was already well established. TRU and the
University of Calgary entered into a licence agreement on May 31, 2010
through which the latter granted a perpetual licence to reproduce and use
UCalgary Law’s program and curriculum. UCalgary Law as an entity, as
well as through its individual faculty members, also committed to provide
reasonable assistance to TRU Law in planning its operation.
TRU Law immediately benefitted from its board of governors adopting the
courses within the UCalgary Law curriculum along with its admission policy
and its regulations. UCalgary Law professors assisted in the process of appointing
TRU Law’s founding dean, Chris Axworthy, Q.C., in 2010 and provided
advice to the initial cohort of TRU Law professors regarding course content,
teaching and exam supervision. UCalgary Law’s Professor Alastair Lucas continued
to be particularly active in helping TRU Law by serving as a member
of our Appointments Committee and our Tenure and Promotion Committee.
Although the licence agreement and the not insignificant payments
made by TRU each year continued until June 30, 2018, the extent of UCal-
* Bradford W. Morse is the dean of TRU Law.