Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Arbor Awards

The Faculty of Law extends its sincere congratulations to 2015 Arbor Awardees Karl Jaffary, Roslyn Tao and Don Wakefield, in recognition of their remarkable generosity and contributions to the University of Toronto law school experience for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Taken from the university motto, Velut Arbor Aevo – “May it grow as a tree through the ages,” this award have been given to more than 2100 alumni and friends since 1989, when it launched.

The award is sponsored by University Advancement, and the ceremony took place on Sept. 9th.

Karl Jaffary, Law ’62, has been a longstanding volunteer at the law school. Despite a demanding career in municipal law and public service, Karl has served as a Class of ’62 Reunion Committee member where he worked tirelessly to keep his classmates engaged with the law school. Most recently, he co-chaired a fundraising committee for the Class of ‘62 which raised $30,000 to create a financial aid bursary to support law students in need.

Roslyn Tsao, Law ‘91, has been a longtime volunteer at both the law school and the university. From 2004-2008, Roslyn volunteered with the law school’s Downtown Legal Services to help set up and volunteer within the family law division. Though a sought after lawyer and co-managing partner of Epstein Cole, Roslyn has taken time to out of her busy schedule to serve as a mentor to many law students interested in exploring family law. She has also been an active Reunion Committee member. Her volunteerism goes beyond the law school to the University at large, where she has acted as co-chair with the University Tribunal, Trial Division – Academic discipline matters since 2007.

Don Wakefield, Law ’62, has been a dedicated volunteer at the Faculty of Law. Don has volunteered as a Class of ’62 Reunion Committee member where he worked alongside his colleagues to engage his classmates in the largest Reunion celebration at the law school. In 2014, he co-chaired the Class of ‘62 fundraising committee which raised $30,000 to create a financial aid bursary to support law students in need of financial support.