Monday, September 18, 2017
Maggie Wente and Bryce Edwards

The Faculty of Law congratulates alumni Maggie Wente and Bryce Edwards on their receipt of University of Toronto Arbor Awards! These awards are the highest honours to recognize the university’s most dedicated volunteers.

Maggie Wente, LLB/MSW 2002, has volunteered at the Faculty of Law for almost a decade, mentoring Indigenous law students and alumni. She has helped the Indigenous Initiatives Office organize tours of her firm for JD students, and for participants in the Indigenous Youth Summer Program. In 2011, she supervised alumna (Class of 2013) Promise Holmes-Skinner's research on "true costs" of consultation on First Nations. In 2016, she gave a speech to first-year law students about social justice and importance of pro bono work and a lecture on First Nations Governments. In 2017, she coached the Kawaskimhon moot by reviewing student work.

Bryce Edwards, LLB 2002, has coached the Kawaskimhon moot for seven years. Kawaskimhon is a Cree word meaning "speaking with knowledge". This moot is conducted in accordance with Indigenous customs of peaceful negotiation and consensus building. Bryce has guided students with legal research and author-written submissions, but also teaches them negotiation strategies and public speaking skills. In 2013, he and Margaret Kenequanash, CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power, delivered a lecture at the law school called The Far North Act: The Best Worst Act Ever. For many years, he has given his time to speaking on an annual Aboriginal Law Practitioners Panel for students interested in the field.

More than 2,200 alumni and friends since 1989 have received Arbor Awards for their tremendous generosity and contribution to the students, faculty, staff and alumni experience of U of T. 


Photo by Romi Levine