The Faculty's clinical legal education program, which includes Downtown Legal Services and several other student-operated clinics, has been dramatically enhanced and improved thanks to a generous gift from the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP to renovate the Faculty's main clinic building. The inaugural gift from the firm's Legal Education Endowment Program was part of an initiative supporting clinical education programs, facilities and educational opportunities at a number of Canadian law schools.

L-R: Robert Shirriff, Q.C., Melissa Hogg and Alan Schwartz, Q.C."The objective of the Legal Education Endowment Program is to work with the law school to develop a use for the funds which is individually tailored to the needs of the school and its students," said Alan Schwartz, who was Managing Partner of Fasken Martineau's Toronto office at the time the gift was made.

Fasken Martineau is a national business and litigation law firm with more than 530 lawyers in offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, New York and London. The Faculty is indebted to the firm and its commitment to legal education, and in particular to Alan Schwartz and Rosalind Cooper, whose dedication and vision were instrumental in the new clinic building.

Renamed the Fasken Martineau Building, the renovated three-storey building at 655 Spadina Ave. will offer more than 7,000 square feet of office space with a special resource libraries and meeting facilities. Once opened and operational, the new clinic building will be an integral feature of the Faculty's clinical education experience and will provide the lowincome Toronto community with much-needed free legal services.

L-R: Students Dave Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, and Kandia AirdDowntown Legal Services and other student-run clinics at the law school provide law students with an invaluable legal education experience, exposing them to the realities of legal practice and allowing them to explore legal principles and social policy issues first hand. Each year approximately 150 students handle hundreds of cases on an annual basis, advising in the areas of criminal law, housing law, employment law, human rights, university affairs, income maintenance, consumer rights, personal counselling, medical attention and shelter.

"The establishment of a new home for our legal clinics speaks to Fasken Martineau's dedication to philanthropy and community service," says Dean Ron Daniels. "It is a remarkable example of how firms and law schools can collaborate to serve the needs of individuals who may otherwise not have access to legal services."