Dean Edward Iacobucci

From the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Nexus

What a tremendous fall we’ve had! As usual, the energy around the Faculty of Law has been—and continues to be—palpable and no doubt will continue into the New Year.

We welcomed another superb cohort of just over 200 first-year law students, out of more than 2,300 who applied. Not surprisingly, they’re an impressive group, with a median GPA of 3.9 (out of 4.0) and median LSAT scores in the mid-nineties percentile range. And they come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds.  I encourage you to read the latest statistics on our Class of 2021 in the annual infographic (page 6) as well as some of the wonderful student profiles online on our website.

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights with a special panel of top constitutional litigators—and past Asper Centre Litigators in Residence—Joseph Arvay and Mary Eberts, with former SCC Justice Thomas Cromwell moderating. We’re so very proud of the Asper Centre, unique in its advocacy and experiential learning for students, with a dazzling list of achievements to show in its first 10 years. And we’re tremendously grateful to alumnus David Asper for his vision and continued support, including a recent $2.5 million gift to support student bursaries and the Asper Centre.

Once again, we celebrated Reunion in the Jackman Law Building, this year with two days of events, where more than 500 of our alumni from years ending in 3 and 8 reminisced with their classmates, had special lunches and dinners, and listened to our panel on the Future of Legal Education and the Profession.

And we celebrated a special Convocation in November. We can now count a U.S. Supreme Court Justice among our global and remarkable alumni base. We all enjoyed the privilege of hearing from a sitting SCOTUS justice, Justice Elena Kagan, in her conversations with Prof. Yasmin Dawood at Convocation, and later at the Faculty with our alumna Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella. Insightful, direct and engaging, they provided much comparative thought about our two court systems. You can view the conversation between two of the world’s leading jurists on our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/utorontolaw.

Finally, on September 27th we officially launched the Campaign for Excellence without Barriers, which aims to raise money to support our students, especially for student financial aid. We celebrated with students, faculty, and alumni donors. It gives me great pleasure to confirm that we have raised more than $25 million to date of our $30 million goal, with over $15 million of our target of $20 million for student financial aid specifically, and we are tremendously grateful. We’re counting on you to help us get to the finish line by December 2019—with your help, and the guidance of our lead campaign volunteers, I know we can do it.

Enjoy reading this special campaign edition of Nexus. And from all of us here at the Faculty of Law, our very best for this Holiday Season. See you in 2019!

Edward Iacobucci