75th Anniversary Lectures & Conferences

During our anniversary year, we will be celebrating 75 years of leading-edge scholarship through various academic initiatives and events that will be open to all alumni.  Invitations will be coming your way soon!

75th Anniversary Lectures in 2020:

Walter S. Owen Lecture – January 27th

The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law, the first endowed chair at the law school, was established in honour of The Hon. Walter S. Owen, OC, QC, LLD, one of Vancouver's most prominent lawyers, businessmen and philanthropists.  The Honourable Malcolm Rowe, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, was our anniversary lecturer.  His lecture topic was the Virtue of Judicial Restraint.

Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice – January 28th

This lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline, a member of the Faculty from 1989.  Professor Kline passed away in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia.  Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.  The Honourable Lynn Smith, QC, alumna of the law school, was our anniversary lecturer. Her lecture topic was Real Hate in a Virtual World: Misogyny in Cyberspace.

Douglas McK. Brown Lecture – March 10th  

The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law was established in 1986 in honour of one of British Columbia's most distinguished counsel and eminent citizens.  Professor and alumna Sundhya Pahuja, Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities with Melbourne Law School, was our anniversary lecturer. Her lecture topic was Invisible Leviathans: Global Corporations and International Law.

J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics – May 19th Postponed

The J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics was established in honour of J. Donald Mawhinney to recognize his outstanding contributions to British Columbia's legal community, his commitment to legal education and his dedication to practicing with the very highest standard of ethics.  The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, alumna of the law school, will be our anniversary lecturer. 

75th Anniversary Conferences in 2020:

Alumni Scholars Conference – May 7th & 8th Postponed

Alumni who have pursued academic careers are invited to join in our celebrations by sharing their research with us over a two day period.  The conference will involve short panel discussions.  The conference will be shaped around themes, research clusters or methodologies that are of interest to attendees. 

Sparrow's Flight: Revisiting the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision after 30 Years – October 23rd & 24th

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Allard School of Law, “Sparrow’s Flight” takes the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s first statement on the constitutional entrenchment of Aboriginal and treaty rights in R v Sparrow as an opportunity to revisit the case, to reconsider its history, to understand its impact, and to explore its possibility. The call for proposals is available here.

Legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – November 13th & 14th

This conference will assess what the Games organizers, government supporters and sponsors set out to accomplish and what was achieved for the host communities.  The conference panels will include those who were involved in the planning, organization, and operation of the Winter Games and will feature graduates of the law school who played key roles in the Games.  The conference panels will also include key personnel responsible for ensuring the Games sustainability performance achieved the highest standards of financial integrity, environmental impacts and social inclusion.