From the Spring 2000 issue of Nexus.

The law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has generously provided a gift of $333,333, which has been matched by the University of Toronto and the Province of Ontario to create a $1 million endowment fund in support of student aid. Much of the credit and thanks for this award are due to Jim Christie '76, the managing partner at Blakes, who emphasizes that support for excellent legal education is in the firm's long-term best interest.

This tremendous gesture of support is the latest in a long history of close interaction between the Faculty of Law and Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Over the years, the firm has been an active and devoted friend of the Faculty. Its support of the law school has manifested itself in various ways: through the establishment of scholarships and prizes, involvement in the Young Alumni Student Mentorship Programme, the International Business and Trade Law Programme, the Public Interest Advocacy Programme and the mooting programme.

Speaking about the relationship between Blakes and U of T law, Chairman David Jackson stressed ties that date back to 1834 when an early law course was taught at King's College by William Hume Blake, the father of Blakes' founder. Jim emphasized Blakes' interest in ensuring that excellent students are not barred by financial need or multiple responsibilities from law school and a possible career with the firm. The Blakes scholarship, which may be renewed over several years, may also recognize a demonstrated interest in areas of practice with which Blake, Cassels & Graydon is associated. Special involvement in the community and at the university and with the law school are also considerations in the selection of Blakes scholars.

The Faculty of Law is honoured to award scholarships in the name of this distinguished law firm.