By Karen Gross / Photography by Jeff Kirk

From the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Nexus

Laura Fric '93For Laura Fric, LLB 1993, financial aid evokes a deeply personal history. “My father was in the middle of his PhD in economics at U of T when I was born, and my first home as a baby was a subsidized married students apartment,” she says. “My dad says he could not have gotten his PhD without the financial aid he received. It opened doors for his family, which includes me and my sister.”

Fric’s parents were each the first in their families to attend university. Her father went on to be a professor at King’s College, at Western University in London, Ontario. “Both of my parents put themselves through school. They’re proud of the life they built for themselves and for us,” she says. “And they’re very proud that I’m giving back.”

A partner and successful litigator at Osler, Fric donated to establish a bursary in her name. The interest will provide financial aid every year, giving preference to Black students.  “Diversity is a value that my firm believes in, and I recognize that we need law students from all backgrounds. That makes us stronger as a profession,” she says. “Some groups have faced historic and current barriers to legal education, and I wanted to help address that.”

Fric also wanted to support her enduring bond with the law school, whose education led her to a clerkship on the Ontario Court of Appeal and to the thriving legal practice she enjoys today. “I recognize the outstanding legal education I received,” Fric says. “At Osler we hire a lot of graduates from U of T. They join our firm with enthusiasm and an outstanding grounding in legal knowledge and skill. The values and energy they bring to my practice are a tribute to the Faculty of Law’s ongoing excellence. They keep me connected to the school.”