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Faculty of Law

Enfin, Access to Justice in French! UM Faculty of Law welcomes first cohort of French Concentration

September 8, 2022 — 
This September, the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba will welcome the first cohort of its Access to Justice in French (A2JF) Concentration. One of few English Common Law institutions to develop and deliver a bilingual legal education, the A2JF program is unique in this regard.

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Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law recognizes teaching excellence

June 10, 2022 — 
Associate Professor Gerald Heckman and Practicing Professional Instructor Elizabeth McCandless were recognized on Friday, June 3rd for excellence in teaching the next generation of lawyers at Robson Hall.

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Faculty of Law

Bastarache Prize-winning moot team earns respect for fair play, dedication to French, & camaraderie

March 25, 2022 — 
March 18 to 20 was the fourth annual version of the Michel Bastarache Moot Court Competition, named for the Honourable Michel Bastarache, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and leading jurist and champion of language rights. The Manitoba team was nominated by their fellow competitors – and won – the Michel-Bastarache Prize, which is awarded to the team that exemplifies the spirit of fair play and dedication to French.

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five law students on the 2022 Laskin Team

Faculty of Law

Laskin Moot brings French and English legal community together

March 18, 2022 — 
It takes a village to train a moot team, as Associate Professor Gerald Heckman pointed out after completing another year as Laskin Moot Faculty Advisor. “Acting as a faculty advisor for a competitive appellate moot is probably one of the most rewarding teaching opportunities at Robson Hall,” he said, after the national bilingual appellate moot in Constitutional and Administrative Law wrapped up February 25 – 26. This year’s Laskin took place by videoconference.

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Faculty of Law

Winnipeg Free Press: Politicians must stand up for democracy – Dr. Gerald Heckman

March 1, 2022 — 
An Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Gerald Heckman's opinion piece on Charter rights in the context of the recent Ottawa protests was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

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Faculty of Law

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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Faculty of Law

Achieving Access to Justice through language

September 3, 2021 — 
In June of 2019, the Department of Justice Canada provided the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law with $768,372 in funding over four years (2018/19 to 2021/22) through its Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund. The purpose was to develop a common law certificate in French, making a more formal program out of what has so far consisted of a collection of bilingual course offerings. So far, two years’ worth of law students have been able to take advantage of the funding, and have been working towards being able to represent French-speaking clients once they graduate as lawyers.

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Administrative law experts Gerald Heckman and Gerard Kennedy discuss Supreme Court trilogy Vavilov with Runnymede Society director, Mark Mancini in front of law students and professors at Robson Hall.

Faculty of Law

Anticipating adventures in administrative law

February 7, 2020 — 
On January 22, 2020, the Runnymede Society, a national student-led organization dedicated to exploring the ideas and ideals of constitutionalism, liberty, and the rule of law, hosted administrative law experts Dr. Gerald Heckman and Dr. Gerard Kennedy at Robson Hall for a discussion on recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the Vavilov Trilogy.

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Op-ed: Leaders wrong to accede to Quebec’s symbols-ban demand

October 11, 2019 — 
Law professor Gerald Heckman explains

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Op-ed: Climate change needs emergency response

July 5, 2019 — 
'Our leaders must gather the courage and moral fortitude they need to level with Canadians'

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