SJD graduates Haim Abraham and Eden Sarid celebrate U of T's virtual convocation

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

At home, online and with humour, U of T’s Class of 2020 celebrate a virtual convocation

With social media, Zoom calls and signs planted on front lawns and draped from apartment balconies, there was no shortage of well-wishing for the University of Toronto’s class of 2020 – the first in the university’s 193 years to celebrate convocation remotely.

Some crafty graduates set the stage for their at-home convocation with cardboard props and makeshift gowns. Others left a running commentary of congratulatory messages on a chat window that accompanied the virtual event.

In Memoriam: Justin Basinger (1987-2020), Class of 2012

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Justin Basinger

Justin Basinger (1987-2020), JD Class of 2012

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is saddened to hear of the sudden passing on May 27, 2020, of Métis alumnus, Justin Basinger (1987-2020), Class of 2012.  

Precedent Setter Awards recognize U of T Law alumna, Janani Shanmuganathan (JD/MA 2011)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Meet the defence lawyer whose impact on current caselaw has been seismic

Janani Shanmuganathan

(Photo by Steph Martyniuk courtesy of Precedent Magazine)

President Meric Gertler invites graduating students, family and friends to U of T's virtual convocation

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The University of Toronto is “immensely proud” of its more than 15,500 graduating students, and is looking forward to celebrating their remarkable achievements, U of T President Meric Gertler says.

In a video address, President Gertler invites graduating students, their families and friends to tune in at noon on June 2, 2020 for the university’s virtual spring convocation.

Coronavirus and the City: Alumna Leilani Farha (LLB/MSW 1995) shares insights via U of T School of Cities series

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Leilani Farha
Leilani Farha, a U of T alumna and former United Nations special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, says universities and their researchers will be play a vital role in the COVID-19 recovery process (photo by Eric Piermont/AFP via Getty Images)

Alumna Renu Mandhane (JD 2001) appointed to Superior Court of Justice of Ontario

Friday, May 22, 2020

Renu Mandhane

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada appointed [Faculty of Law alumna] Renu Mandhane (JD 2001) a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Brampton) effective immediately. 

Historic U of T convocation ceremony to ‘recognize strength and incredible talents’ of Class of 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In just two weeks, more than 15,000 University of Toronto students will graduate at a convocation ceremony unlike any other in the university’s 193-year history.

The “virtual” proceedings – necessary because of public health rules preventing large gatherings during the pandemic – will be viewed on laptops, smartphones and other devices as graduating students, families and friends tune in from the safety of their homes around the world.

U of T Law honours four outstanding members: 2020 Faculty of Law Alumni Awards

Friday, May 15, 2020

 We are a network of over 10,500 alumni that span the legal profession and beyond – from Justices on the Supreme Court of Canada bench to entrepreneurs blazing their own trails. As valued members of our community, alumni are our ambassadors and one of our greatest strengths.

The Faculty of Law Alumni Awards biennially recognize the exceptional contributions of our community members. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes extraordinary public leadership and lifelong commitment to the community over the course of their career. 

In Memoriam: Justice Romain Pitt, a pioneer in the Canadian legal world

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Faculty of Law, friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of Justice Romain Pitt, a trailblazing lawyer and judge who died last week at the age of 84. 

Born in Grenada and arriving in Toronto at the age of 19 to study at the University of Toronto, Pitt went on to co-found the first partnership of black lawyers in Canada and serve as a founding director of Caribana, now known as the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.