Success Stories

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.

Recent gifts:

Ronald N. Stern (Class of ‘72)

In 2017 Mr. Ron Stern donated $500,000 to establish a new faculty position in the area of constitutional law.  This funding will be matched by the investment income generated from the Allard Faculty Recruitment and Retention endowment.

Stern’s donation is made in honour of The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C.  Chief Justice McLachlin is the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada, and the first woman to hold that distinguished position. Chief Justice McLachlin graduated as the gold medalist in her class at the University of Alberta, and practiced in Alberta and British Columbia before joining the law school at UBC in 1974 as a tenured Associate Professor.  After teaching at UBC for seven years, Chief Justice McLachlin began a meteoric rise through the judiciary. In April, 1981 she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. Over the course of the next seven years, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, followed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, was subsequently appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and finally as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000 she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

“During my time at law school I was taught by inspiring and passionate professors who contributed to my understanding and appreciation for the law,” said Stern. “I am pleased to support the expansion of the faculty while at the same time paying tribute to the many outstanding contributions of the Chief Justice. My gift is also intended to assist the law school in moving to the next level as an educator and contributor to society.”

J. E. (Jack) Klinck, Q.C. (Class of ‘69)

Top: Glen Stratton, Dallas Tooshkenig, Michele Harden,
Paige Gardiner, Christopher Hiebert 
Bottom: Dean Catherine Dauvergne, Mr. J.E. Klinck QC,
Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Patricia Barkaskas

In June, 2017 Jack Klinck donated $200,000 to provide $20,000 in annual bursary support for Indigenous law students over a ten year period.  The awards will be available to students who are enrolled in the law school’s Indigenous Legal Studies Program and who meet the award criteria.

Klinck believes in the value of education and the power it has to change a person’s life and to be a catalyst for success.  Coupled with his interest in reconciliation efforts to revitalize the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and other Canadians, Klinck chose to establish a bursary to support Indigenous students so they can go on to become leaders, making important contributions to the field of law and to society as a whole.  His donation was made in memory of the founding Dean of the law school, George F. Curtis, OC, OBC, QC who served as Dean from 1945 to 1971.

“During my time at law school I was aware of the many students who required financial aid,” said Klinck. “My gift is intended to provide this kind of support to law students with the particular aim of ensuring the success of Indigenous students.”

Norton Rose Fulbright

L-R: Cory Sully, Janet Grove, Liza Volpiana,
Michael Manhas, Charles Hurdon, Jenya Hammond

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)

2016 Bobinski Business Law Clinic

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.