From the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Nexus.

Top 10 news storiesFrom outstanding student achievements to law school memories and faculty honours, here are the stories that made you click in the first half of 2016.

10. Prof. Arthur Ripstein awarded a 2016 Killam Research Fellowship

Prof. Arthur Ripstein has been awarded a notable Killam Research Fellowship, offered each year to world-class Canadian scholars in the humanities, social, natural and health sciences, and engineering. Cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Ripstein is a leading scholar of, and at the forefront of renewed interest in, Immanuel Kant’s legal and political philosophy. 

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9. More of your "Dear Professor" letters to law school faculty

In honour of Prof. Arnold “Arnie” Weinrib’s 50th year on faculty, and the student bursary fund named after him, we asked for memories of your Faculty of Law teachers in the form of letters. We received many charming letters about Prof. Weinrib, but also letters about other U of T Law professors—and what they meant to you.

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8. Law students redefining patent laws in Structural Genomics Consortium clinic

Ingenious legal concepts created by University of Toronto law students, faculty and alumni are unleashing the power of the world’s leading open-access drug discovery institution to accelerate medical breakthroughs for the public good. The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) is a public-private partnership based at U of T and Oxford University that aims to catalyze drug discovery by freely sharing the results of its research on the human genome, with no patent protection.

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7. Two SJD students awarded prestigious Trudeau Scholarships for 2016

Two Faculty of Law SJD students are among 15 national recipients of the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship for 2016. A total of three U of T doctoral students received the scholarships. Law students Christopher Campbell-Duruflé researches international law and climate change, and Ido Katri documents the rise of trans rights for gender self-determination.

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6. Six alumni recognized with 2016 Law Society Awards for contributions to the legal profession

Faculty of Law alumni make up six of the 14 recipients of the 2016 annual Law Society Awards “in recognition for their exceptional career achievements and contributions to their communities.”

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5. New research Chair for investor rights—the first of its kind—to investigate better protections for Canadians

Professor Anita Anand, a corporate law and governance expert, is the new J. R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law—the first research chair for investor rights in North America—thanks to a generous gift from well-known philanthropist, the Hon. Hal Jackman, LLB 1956, a law school alumnus, former U of T chancellor and former lieutenant governor of Ontario.

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4. New Canada Research Chairs awarded to Professors Dawood and Niblett

Faculty of Law scholars Yasmin Dawood and Anthony Niblett have been awarded Canada Research Chairs in law, in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and expertise. In total, the University of Toronto received 41 CRCs in today’s announcement—the most of any Canadian university—with 34 new chairs and seven renewals.

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3. Open for business: Bora Laskin Law Library

The freshly renovated Bora Laskin Law Library has reopened for business, and it didn’t take long for law students to stake out their new study spots in the stunning, light-filled Torys Hall. And as if on cue, the snow fell outside, and photos of the study hall lit up social media with its vast views of Philosopher’s Walk and stately Trinity College pristinely covered in in the white stuff.

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2. Congratulations Class of 2016!

After three years of law school—four for those in the combined programs—the Class of 2016 is ready to celebrate and begin their law careers. “I stared at the email with my final paper attached for about five minutes, thinking: ‘Can law school really be over when I click send?’,” said Aron Nimani. “The answer was a simple ‘Yes,’ which only added to that surreal feeling.”

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And the No. 1 online story for 2015 is:

1. Another banner mooting year with six first-place finishes

Faculty of Law students wrapped up another banner mooting season, in a variety of competitions, with six first-place victories, five second-place spots, six general oralist awards, in addition to five best facta and two other facta awards, thanks to the dedication and time of many students, faculty and alumni.

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