Dean Edward Iacobucci

From the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Nexus

Hard to believe an incredible academic year is over, and we’re busy planning for an even more remarkable one starting in August. I am looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of first year students and greeting all the returning students as well.

A special welcome to our newest faculty, Chris Essert and Gillian Hadfield, both teachers and scholars of international acclaim. They will contribute to the tremendous scholarly activity here at your law school, where on top of their contributions and scholarship, almost every day one can read an op-ed or interview in local, national, or international media showcasing the thought leadership generated by our faculty. Another venue to discuss the big issues of the day is through our panels and conferences. This year, I’m pleased to report we resurrected the annual Corporate and Commercial Law Conference, a jewel of our business scholarship for more than 50 years, and you can read up on this year’s event in this edition of Nexus

Another growing Faculty of Law initiative that is marking a milestone is the Indigenous Initiatives Office. Celebrating seven years, an auspicious anniversary in Indigenous cultures, we highlight it from its early days to the robust programming it features today.

And in keeping with our drive to innovate, our Global Professional LLM is bigger and better than ever, with new exciting concentrations and more executive graduate students from across the business and legal spectrum. Our cover story showcases the enthusiasm that fuels the teaching and learning successes of this unique program and, as you’ll read, it’s not just the students who are learning.

We had another spectacular Convocation, with more than 200 students now joining you to become a part of a remarkable and global alumni group. The Faculty of Law was honoured to have the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin speak at the ceremony, and you can hear her wonderful speech here.

Read the fantastic Q & A with alumnus Michael Emory, CEO of Allied REIT, a proud Canadian company, and of course, we have a number of Class Notes, one of your favourite sections to read.

All of this incredible activity—and much more!—has occurred in the Jackman Law Building, our beautiful home. Our students, faculty and community continue to benefit from the outstanding spaces made possible by the generosity of our alumni. And we are determined to continue to fill the law school with the very brightest and most deserving students, no matter their financial background. That’s why I’m so proud to see generous alumni, such as Marcia Moffat and Campaign Co-Chair Mark Wiseman, step up with an outstanding gift of $1M to their alma mater, including $800,000 to support our students. The momentum to support deepen financial aid continues to build and in this issue, we thank alumni from a variety of class years, such as Don Crawshaw, Lisa Talbot, Roslyn Tsao, Richard Shaw and Anne-Marie Sorrenti for their generosity. We are also very grateful for these early supporters and I hope we can add your name in a future issue too.

I never tire of telling the compelling story of the Faculty of Law, and the remarkable place it fills in Canada and the world. Enjoy this digital issue of Nexus, and have a fantastic summer!

Edward Iacobucci