2020 News

Student support from Torys LLP comes at critical time 

October 22, 2020 - COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for many, including law students. With thanks to a generous gift from Torys LLP, a student support bursary has been established to assist students with demonstrated financial need.

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Akis Psygkas joins Western Law

October 14, 2020 - Western Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Athanasios (Akis) Psygkas as Associate Professor beginning January 2021. Psygkas will teach Constitutional Law, and, along with Professor Wade Wright, will lead the faculty’s Public Law Research Group.

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Western mourns death of law student, military vet

October 13, 2020 - The Western community is mourning the death of Charles Edmund Thomas, a retired military major who was studying towards a doctorate in law and who died unexpectedly in Stratford on Oct. 10.

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Law students shine at Insolvency writing competition

October 09, 2020 - Courteney Rickert JD’20 and 3L student Krista Yip-Chuck placed first and second at the annual Insolvency Institute of Canada’s Law Student Writing competition - continuing Western Law’s impressive dominance of the awards.

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New entrance awards to enhance racial diversity at Western Law

October 05, 2020 - Thanks to generous alumni donations from Sunil Gurmukh LLB’08 and family, and from a number of alumni led by Benjamin Reingold JD’13 and Corum Van Esch JD’13, Western Law will offer a new bursary for Black, Indigenous and racialized students and a new entrance scholarship for Black students starting this fall.

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Students help to break down barriers to justice

September 30, 2020 - Pro Bono Students Canada has been providing free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice since 1996. This year, that help is needed more than ever and Western Law students are answering the call.

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Engagement, connections are key this year

September 14, 2020 - It’s been a start to the school year unlike any other. And while Western Law students are not all together physically, student leaders are committed to keeping a sense of community and collegial spirit strong.

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Ceremony welcomes Class of 2023 into the legal community

September 09, 2020 - The incoming class of Western Law were welcomed at an induction ceremony held September 8 which emphasized the privileges and responsibilities that go along with being a lawyer.

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Influential human rights lawyer partnering with Western Law to conduct Hidden Racial Profiling Project

August 20, 2020 - Influential human rights lawyer Sunil Gurmukh has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Professor and will be partnering with Western Law to conduct the Hidden Racial Profiling Project in the coming academic year.

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Kimberley Gagan appointed as Director of Clinics and Practical Skills

August 10, 2020 - Western Law is pleased to announce that Kimberley Gagan has joined the Faculty as Director of Clinics and Practical Skills. Gagan, a practicing lawyer for over 20 years, joins Western Law from the Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, where she worked as the Director of Community Legal Services.

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Alumna receives highest Law Society award

June 22, 2020 - Heather Joy Ross (LLB '84) was recently awarded the Law Society Medal for Outstanding Service.

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Investigation by Richard McLaren finds weightlifting corruption ‘at the highest levels’

June 11, 2020 - An investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) by Western Law Professor Richard McLaren has found evidence of decades of corruption, doping coverups, favouritism, and financial mismanagement.

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2019 Alumni Magazine wins CASE Circle of Excellence Award

June 10, 2020 - The 2019 edition of the Western Law Alumni magazine has received a bronze Circle of Excellence award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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Western Law mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Bruce Welling

May 07, 2020 - He is remembered as a demanding and principled teacher, a clear writer, and a loyal friend to those who were close to him. He was an icon among his colleagues and students, and will be dearly missed.

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Western Law creates new fellowship program to support students amidst COVID-19 crisis

May 05, 2020 - Western Law is pleased to announce the launch of the Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRF). The program will create 25 new, fully-funded summer research positions for JD students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zoë Sinel named Faculty Scholar

April 21, 2020 - Associate Professor Zoë Sinel has been named Western Law’s Faculty Scholar for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2020. The Faculty Scholars Award recognizes recent significant achievements in teaching and research during a critical point in a professor’s career.

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Law brings mother, daughter closer together

March 12, 2020 - Karen and Angie Bellehumeur not only share the same faculty, but the mother and daughter now find themselves sharing the same class.

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Richard McLaren to lead investigation into allegations of weightlifting corruption

February 03, 2020 - The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board has appointed Western Law professor Richard McLaren to lead an investigation into alleged weightlifting corruption.

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Grant supports conference on bankruptcy and insolvency law

February 03, 2020 - A new grant awarded to two Western Law professors will support a conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bankruptcy Act 1919 – the forerunner of Canada’s modern bankruptcy and insolvency regime – and to formulate reform proposals for the future.

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Western Law alumni appointed to Order of Canada

January 20, 2020 - Two Western Law alumni are among the 120 people newly appointed to the Order of Canada. Gordon W. Walker and Larry Rosen were both named Members of the Order – one of the highest civilian honours in the country – by Governor General Julie Payette in late December.

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Western Law releases update to strategic plan

January 17, 2020 - Western Law's Strategic Plan "Achieving Excellence on the World Stage" was released in early 2014. Since then, much has changed at Western Law and in the landscape of Canadian legal education, leading to the release of an interim update approved by Faculty Council last fall.

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