The Business Law Clinic was established in January 2016 as a pilot program within the Centre for Business Law. Pilot funding for the program was provided by the Franklin Lew Innovation Fund. In September, 2016 a generous funding commitment from alumnus Robert P. Pirooz, Q.C. enabled the law school to continue to operate the Business Law Clinic through the 2016-17 academic year. Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former law school Dean, Professor Mary Anne Bobinski for the duration of his commitment.
The Business Law Clinic provides segments of the business community, who have limited means, with access to legal services. The Clinic also provides law students with valuable client-facing experience. In addition to the experiential learning component of the Clinic, students also participate in seminar discussions led by Clinic Co-Directors Christine Baron, Lecturer and Catherine Chow, Adjunct Professor.
Ms. Baron was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2004. She assists small business clients with a variety of matters including incorporations, leases, non-competition agreements and other contracts. She has helped many non-profit societies with their incorporations, bylaws and ongoing governance. She also practices estate planning and estate administration.
Ms. Chow is Vice President and General Counsel at Keg Restaurants Ltd, where her broad portfolio includes legal matters such as financing, real estate, business development, franchising, key partnership agreements, risk management, litigation, trademark protection, and compliance. Before joining The Keg in 2006, she had a thriving private practice as a commercial and real property lawyer in Alberta and British Columbia.