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The importance of Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being

January 19, 2022 — 
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law is opening Robson Hall’s virtual doors to the entire legal community to attend a special session on Mindfulness on Monday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. (CT). Western University’s Professor Thomas G.W. Telfer will speak to law students, faculty, staff, alumni and practicing legal professionals on the topic of “Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being.” This event is one of many mental health-oriented events on Robson Hall’s calendar throughout this second pandemic year.

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Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law in high gear for new year

January 18, 2022 — 
Since August, 2021, many of the goals set for the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law have been attained. A new website complete with social media presence launched this fall. A regular blog and a Western Canada case reporter prepared by law students under faculty supervision are underway. A for-credit Scholarly Publications course for the peer-reviewed Desautels Review of Private Enterprise and Law began with the fall term as an official part of the Law Faculty’s course calendar. And that is just the beginning.

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Faculty of Law welcomes 2022 Winter Term Distinguished Visiting Lecturers

January 12, 2022 — 
This term, the Faculty of Law will welcome an impressive number of scholars from other universities as part of its long-running Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series. Each guest professor will share knowledge, experience and research with the Robson Hall community, and invite questions and discussion from participants. Faculty, students, practicing professional lawyers and interested members of the academic community are welcome to join these virtual lectures.

mage from the office of the Governor General of Canada: The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM–Latin for “They desire a better country”.

Members of UM community promoted, added to Order of Canada

January 7, 2022 — 
The new list includes 10 individuals from the UM community

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Reflecting on a year of change, Faculty of Law looks towards bright future

December 23, 2021 — 
Another year of virtual teaching and learning has passed, another Spring graduating class of law students endured final exams, convocation ceremonies, grad celebrations and commencement of articles in front of a screen at home. Another cohort of 1L students were introduced to law school virtually. Professors spent another year recording and uploading lectures, staring at boxes on screens hoping students were behind them, heeding the lessons. At some point, everyone wondered where the community was and what was happening at Robson Hall?

Black and white photo of Dr. Richard Jochelson, Dean of Law by Dr. Amar Khoday

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Running down a dream – of law school

December 16, 2021 — 
Since being appointed Dean of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law on July 1, 2021, Dr. Richard Jochelson has been working non-stop to chip away at the iceberg-sized pile of much-needed upgrades to be made at Western Canada’s oldest law school. His efforts are already yielding significant results after nearly six months, especially in curriculum upgrades, addressing Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #28, expanding externship and clinical opportunities, hiring much-needed faculty and staff, and deepening relationships between the Faculty and the broader legal community. It’s hard to think of where the Faculty might be today if he had pursued a Master’s in Zoology instead of Law.

Rory Churchill-Henry [JD/2019] is the Admissions Officer at the Faculty of Law.

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An essential service: Robson Hall’s Admissions & Financial Aid Office

December 14, 2021 — 
Becoming a lawyer starts with getting admitted to law school. It may be stating the obvious, but the Admissions Office at any university’s faculty of law is where many lawyers’ careers technically begin. The next practical matter is how admitted students are going to pay for their legal educations. Not everyone has the means to do so, even if they have the academic ability. Financial Aid and Awards is therefore the other essential part of a law school’s Admissions Office to help law students complete their degrees.

Robson Hall moot courtroom art by Dakota/Ojibway artist Linus Woods.

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Faculty of Law takes major steps to answer Call to Action 28

December 13, 2021 — 
Change can take a while to happen, but when the impact is finally felt, the results are rewarding. The amount of change between what third-year law student Katie Rothwell and first-year Melinda Moch have seen at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law in terms of Indigenization of the law school curriculum, is significant. This year alone, changes law students like Rothwell and Moch have witnessed include the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Action Team, the hiring of an Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, and an increase of Indigenous content in mandatory first-year law courses.


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Faculty of Law to offer new mandatory Indigenous course

December 13, 2021 — 
One of the most important accomplishments of the Law Faculty Council for the fall term of 2021 was to vote unanimously to approve the Faculty’s new Indigenous Course Requirement. The course has been named “Indigenous Methodologies and Perspectives" and will be offered in the second year of the Juris Doctorprogram. The course meets the requirements of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action 28.

Robson Hall exterior Fall 2019

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Access to Justice French Endowment Fund established to help train law students

December 10, 2021 — 
Manitoba’s francophone jurists’ association and Francofonds (the community foundation of Manitoba’s francophone community) have just established an Access to Justice in French Endowment Fund that will assist law students.

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