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comment on their commitment to assisting them in their learning and
I can genuinely say that this law school—in beautiful, friendly Kamloops—
has created the most supportive, friendly and caring collective personality
of any law school I have ever witnessed, anywhere in the world. It
is filled with incredibly talented people. I sincerely hope that this remarkable
and very healthy culture will be sustained and flourish. I know that I
will continue to enjoy the truly unique spirit first created by the class of
2014 when they first arrived in 2011 not knowing what to expect but willing
to be part of the journey of creating a brand new law school. It has been an
honour and a privilege to help in building this very distinctive law school
as dean. I hope you all have the opportunity to meet some of our existing
and future alumni in the months and years to come.
I want to thank the many B.C. lawyers who have made me feel welcome
after my return to this province so many years after my departure as a graduate
of the UBC Law class of 1975 when I headed east for what I thought
would be only one year before returning to Vancouver. The benchers of the
Law Society have always made me feel valued and befriended. The CBABC
Provincial Council members, and especially the presidents, have been
tremendously supportive each year as they launch their presidential year
as a part of our September welcoming ceremony for the new incoming students.
My thanks are also extended to the board of directors and staff of the
CLEBC who welcomed me on the board as the TRU representative for the
past five years and pursued a formal change of its legal structure, with the
full endorsement of the Law Society and CBABC, to reflect the existence of
a third law school in B.C.
In addition, TRU Law has benefited greatly from the support of the judiciary
of all levels of court in B.C. and beyond. They have been frequent
guest speakers, participated in selecting our students as judicial clerks and
donated money in significant amounts for student scholarships. They have
made our students feel valued, important and part of the legal community.
Our local judiciary has participated in an annual judge shadowing program
originally organized by our first judge-in-residence, the Honourable Richard
Blair, and sustained by his successor, the Honourable Hope Hyslop.
I would clearly be remiss if I did not acknowledge my deepest appreciation
to Dean Catherine Dauvergne of Peter A. Allard School of Law and
Deans Jeremy Webber and Susan Breau of University of Victoria Faculty of
Law for their constant support and collegiality.
Thank you all for your friendship and personal support, but especially
for how you have embraced our students and respected my colleagues.