As a leading public law school, the Allard School of Law has a responsibility to offer extraordinary academic programs, to conduct ground-breaking and solution-oriented research, and to create a form for public debate and discussion. Both public and private funds are necessary to build a vibrant centre focused on the future of the legal profession and the role of law in promoting a just, sustainable and prosperous society. The thoughtful generosity of our alumni helps support our continued success. Below are some recent examples of what has inspired our alumni to support the Allard School of Law.
Norton Rose Fulbright
In April, 2017 Norton Rose Fulbright donated $250,000 to launch and support a new Business Law Student Internship Program over the next five years. The program will place upper year Juris Doctor students in business law internships (for credit) with corporate and non-profit organizations in Canada and abroad. By combining classroom study and practical experience working in leading organizations, the learners gain industry insight and business acumen. This program will also strengthen the outstanding educational programs offered by the law school’s Centre for Business Law.
“Norton Rose Fulbright, through its recent merger with Bull Housser, has been a significant part of British Columbia’s business community for more than a century,” said Janet Grove, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Vancouver Office. “It is our objective to develop students and young lawyers not just in law, but also in business. This new internship program is in direct alignment with our shared objective with the Allard School of Law, making its launch a natural extension of our longstanding partnership.”
“As one of the fastest growing global law firms over the past five years, we are committed to supporting the next generation of legal practitioners at the local, national and global level,” said Charles Hurdon, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. “In partnering with the Allard School of Law on this initiative, we are pleased to play a more significant role in the development of top practitioners in Vancouver, one of Canada’s fastest growing economies and business centres.”
Robert P. Pirooz, Q.C. (Class of ’89)
In 2016, Robert Pirooz donated $100,000 to enable the law school to continue to operate its Business Law Clinic through spring 2017. The integrated program provides students with an opportunity to develop skills in an academic and supportive environment. The Clinic provides business law advice to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations with limited financial resources. Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former law school Dean, Professor Mary Anne Bobinski. The 'Bobinski Business Law Clinic’ will bear Bobinski's name for the ensuing year.
“The Bobinski Business Law Clinic acknowledges that, as medical schools have always known, academic classroom study combined with applied clinical learning produces scholars with enhanced abilities beyond the classroom. This is the future of legal education as students are given a rare opportunity to observe, learn and apply business law” said Pirooz. “As an educational tool, the Bobinski Clinic exceeds the minimum hurdle rate I apply to investments. The collateral benefit of business law services made available pro bono to entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations cannot be overstated. Each is fundamental to a robust economy, happy citizens and a healthy community.”
Peter A. Allard, Q.C. (Class of '71)
"We have the power and ability to follow the path of honesty and integrity and restore, or in many cases introduce, these principles in our institutions. My desire is that, now and hereafter, the Allard School of Law use my gifts to secure its leadership role in this campaign to move the principles of the Allard Prize forward to a concept of 'we' versus 'I', and be a beacon of hope, and a catalyst for positive change, around the world."
On January 22, 2015, UBC announced a transformational $30 million gift from law alumnus Peter A. Allard, QC. Mr. Allard's gift is the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school. In recognition of his gift, the university renamed the law school the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Mr. Allard's historic donation will bring unprecedented benefits to students and faculty, both now and in the future, by establishing permanent endowments to support: faculty recruitment and retention to ensure students learn from some of the world's greatest legal minds; students initiatives such as entrance awards, summer employment and enhanced admissions practices; and student experiential learning programs and clinical opportunities for students to learn practical skills. The gift will also enable the Allard School of Law to promote human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world through the Allard Prize for International Integrity.
In July, 2011, Mr. Allard donated $11.86 million to support the Faculty’s new building, establish the Allard Prize for International Integrity and create an online historical faculty archive. In addition, Mr. Allard donated a sculpture by Native American artist Allan Houser entitled ‘Legends Begin’. At the time, this gift was the single largest donation to the Faculty and one of the largest donations ever to a Canadian law school. In honour of Mr. Allard’s generosity, the university named the new law school building Allard Hall. Recently Mr. Allard donated a number of art pieces by photographer Fred Herzog who captured images of people and scenes of Vancouver’s urban landscape in the 1950s and 60s, as well as a Haisla Eagle mask by artist Lyle Wilson.
Derek Lew and Joan Lew
"My father always remembered the life-long lessons and friendships he gained here. His education and experiences at UBC Law afforded him with many outstanding opportunities that shaped his career. It’s a great privilege for us to honour him with this gift to the school, with the hopes that it will help future generations of students embrace new opportunities and achieve success.”
In memory of their last husband and father, Franklin Lew, Joan and Derek Lew donated $2 million to the Faculty of Law. The Lew’s gift created the ‘Franklin Lew Innovation Fund’ to support important projects and initiatives aimed at providing the best teaching and learning experience for UBC Law students and faculty. The Faculty honoured Mr. Lew’s legacy by naming the law school’s forum space after him.
Grant D. Burnyeat (Class of ’73)
“During my time in University, my parents were not able to help me financially, so I had to rely on grants and loans to get me through. There were many rainy nights of hitchhiking home from campus because I did not have the funds for a bus. I ran up a considerable amount of debt to pay for my education. The University has done a great deal for me, and other people should benefit from it.”
Justice Burnyeat decided to help current and future law students who may face similar circumstances by using a creative approach involving both an estate gift and a current award. First, Justice Burnyeat established an annual award to provide the yearly tuition fee of a student enrolled in any year of the J.D. program who has demonstrated academic merit, has shown significant leadership skills and faces financial challenges that would prevent pursuit or completion of a legal education. Second, Justice Burnyeat established a $1.5 million estate gift to the Faculty to support student financial aid. The gift will eventually provide multiple student awards that have the same criteria as the current award. This combined gift is the law school’s most significant commitment from an individual to assist students in need.
James (Jim) Taylor, QC (Class of ’68)
"I see value in giving back to the institution that helped me get to where I am today. Having come from a family of modest means and having to borrow money to go to University, I feel a sense of obligation to do what I can to give back and I think a lot of my classmates feel the same way and have been happy to contribute. There is a great deal of satisfaction knowing that we made a difference to a students’ education by providing a scholarship or a bursary or helping to fund a faculty member’s research. I’m very proud to be a part of that.”
Mr. Taylor’s class raised over $200,000 in support of the ‘Class of 1968 Group Study Room’ as part of the building project. In addition, this generous class established the Class of 1968 Bursary, the Class of 1968 Faculty Alumni Award and the Class of 1968 Faculty Scholar Award.
Anne Rowles (Class of ’68)
“I have always been grateful for my University education, including the education I received while at the UBC Law School. To make a contribution to the University that provided the foundation for a stimulating and rewarding career gives me considerable pleasure and satisfaction.”
Harj Sangra (Class of ’84)
“I chose to establish this entrance award to honour my mother’s passion for and belief in higher education and the opportunities it creates for those who pursue it. My experience at UBC Law and my law degree have had a great impact on my life, and I hope that this award will help a bright and accomplished student succeed at an education that my mother never had the opportunity to pursue.”
Mr. Sangra donated $150,000 to establish the Sangra Memorial Entrance Award in memory of his mother, Gurbax Sangra.
Eric Dolden, from Dolden Wallace Folick LLP
“I have had a thoroughly rewarding career as a litigation lawyer and my enthusiasm for the law and the practice of law is directly attributable to my experience at UBC Law. Increasingly, I have noticed that some otherwise very capable students are denied the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree, as they lack the economic means to do so. My view is that financial support, based upon economic need, should be an important priority both for UBC alumni and the University generally.”
The firm donated $100,000 to endow the Dolden Wallace Folick LLP Bursary.
Class of 1988
“Our class endeavours to come together every five years to celebrate our time at UBC Law. A few reunions ago, we felt that as part of our legacy we would establish a bursary to assist others in achieving the wonderful education and careers that we have experienced. For each reunion milestone, these fundraising initiatives are now entrenched in our organizing committee's efforts to build upon what we have started. We celebrate our time together as students - as well as the support we are able provide launching careers of future lawyers.”
-Catherine Sas, Class of 1988 Reunion Committee Chair
In recognition of their 20th reunion the UBC Law Class of 1988, led by a dedicated reunion committee, established an endowed bursary fund in memory of their classmate Vincent Bjorndahl. The class has raised almost $60,000 to provide support to UBC Law students in financial need.
Class of 1993
"The UBC Law Class of ’93 has created a memorial endowment, commemorating our six classmates who have passed away. We wanted to create a lasting legacy to honour the place where our fellow law students had spent three formative years expanding their minds, building friendships and creating memories. The endowment supports and provides an educational opportunity for future law students. In doing so, the memory of each of our six esteemed classmates will live on in the halls of UBC Law at Allard Hall, as the endowment recognizes their contribution and honours their lives in a positive way by helping others.”
- Dawna Muller, Class of 1993 Reunion Committee Member
In recognition of their 20th reunion, the UBC Law Class of 1993 launched a fundraising campaign in support of student financial aid at the Faculty of Law. The class raised $26,560 to establish an endowed bursary to assist UBC Law students in financial need. The Class of 1993 Memorial bursary is dedicated to the memory of classmates Douglas Friesen, Keith Kuhn, Katrina Leeming, Kathryn Roe, Murray Woodward and Rodney Yamanouchi.