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LLM 2024 graduate Joel Lebois, stands proudly beside a research poster of his Master's thesis topic, which he wrote entirely in French.

Faculty of Law

In defence of ADR in post-secondary complaints processes

June 21, 2024 — 
Joel Lebois is the first graduate of the Master of Laws (LLM) program from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law to write his thesis entirely in French. Lebois is a proud Francophone and practicing lawyer in Manitoba. While working as in-house counsel at the University of Manitoba’s legal department, he realized that he wanted to deepen his knowledge of the law in the area of post-secondary institution complaints processes, and was drawn to the Robson Hall community, which would allow him to complete his degree in French.

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Team Manitoba for the 2024 Laskin Moot Competition left to right: Jayden Wlasichuk (3L); Zeynep Fattah (2L); Tanys Bjornson (coach); Maia Bacchus (2L); and Kirsten Nynych (2L) [Missing from the photo are researcher, Ashley Slagerman (3L) and coach, Tamara Edkins (Justice Manitoba)].

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Moot Report 2024: Manitoba Team wins Spirit of the Laskin Award

March 28, 2024 — 
Thirty-six teams participated in this year’s Laskin Moot which was held from February 29 to March 2, 2024 at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. The Laskin Moot is a highly regarded national bilingual moot in administrative and constitutional law. The Manitoba Team was honoured to be awarded the Spirit of the Laskin award, the recipients for which are selected by the other teams and given to the school that best showcases the spirit of the moot – fair competition, commitment to bilingualism, and professional camaraderie.

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National Family Law Negotiation Competition finds permanent home at UM Law, Osgoode Hall

November 24, 2023 — 
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law and The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University are pleased to announce they will serve as permanent co-hosts of the National Family Law Negotiation Competition (NFLNC) beginning the 2023-24 academic year.

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Clinical Instructor Andrea Doyle (far left) introduces the Faculty of Law’s Access to Justice Week event panel for the Access to Justice in French: A World to Discover event. Left to right: Moderator Honourable Judge Denis Guenette, Jean-René Dominique Kwilu, Tarik Daoudi, Ruphine Djuissi, Dr. Lorna Turnbull, and Keynote speaker Chief Justice of Manitoba, Marianne Rivoalen.

Faculty of Law

Access to Justice begins with understanding

November 10, 2023 — 
The fourth National Access to Justice week took place October 23 – 27, 2023. This year’s theme was centred around the 10th Anniversary of Canada’s Justice Development Goals. In Manitoba, the Faculty of Law, the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Bar Association joined forces to present a full week of events. For its part, the Faculty of Law hosted a hybrid panel discussion on Tuesday, October 24, titled Access to Justice in French: A World to Discover.

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Federal Court of Appeal Justice Gerald Heckman guest lectures to all first-year law students enrolled in the Legal Methods course on Oct. 13, 2023.

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Justice Gerald Heckman visits Robson Hall

October 20, 2023 — 
On Friday morning, October 13, 2023, Justice Gerald Heckman was warmly welcomed back to Robson Hall. Prior to his appointment to the Federal Court of Appeal on June 1, 2023, Justice Heckman was well-known and respected at the Faculty of Law as Professor Heckman.

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Access to Justice in French concentration law students toured St. Boniface and met with program partners as part of their orientation

Faculty of Law

Getting oriented in French

September 15, 2023 — 
Last week, on September 8, we welcomed our new Access to Justice in French Concentration (A2JF) students to their law studies with a tour of St. Boniface. After lunch at The Forks, we visited several of our program partners.

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Faculty of Law team for the Canadian National Negotiations Competition 2023

Faculty of Law

Moot Report 2023: Success at Canadian National Negotiation Competition

March 3, 2023 — 
Three University of Manitoba Faculty of Law teams from Robson Hall put in extremely strong performances at the seventh annual Canadian National Negotiation Competition (CNNC). The team of Chris Dick and Kennedy Pinette won second place in the inaugural French stream of the competition, an accomplishment that is all the more significant given the fact that four out of the six teams participating in French were from Québec. In the English stream, Ramsay Hall and Samantha Harvey placed third, and Benjamin Leahy and Jodi Plenert also performed at an extremely high level in a very talented field of 18 teams. This year, the CNNC was held at McGill University, Faculty of Law in Montreal on February 24 and 25, 2023.

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A photo of a row of smiling law students at the Goldeyes baseball game.

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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Headshots of Dr Gerald Heckman and Elizabeth McCandless

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

Faculty of Law

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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