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:

Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice – Spring

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 will be our anniversary lecturer. 

J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics – Spring

The J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics was established in honour of J. Donald Mawhinney to recongize 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 lecturer for our anniversary year will soon be announced. 

Douglas McK. Brown Lecture – Spring

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.  The lecturer for our anniversary year will soon be announced.

Walter S. Owen Lecture – Spring

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 lecturer for our anniversary year will soon be announced.

75th Anniversary Conferences in 2020:

Legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – February

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.

Alumni Scholars Conference – May 7th & 8th

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. 

R v Sparrow Conference – October 23rd & 24th

Co-hosted by the Musqueam and the Allard School of Law, this conference will provide an opportunity for scholars and members of the Musqueam community to engage with the meaning, impact, and future possibility of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Sparrow in the 30th year since its decision.  Participants will include community members, legal scholars, law students, and other members of the legal and First Nations communities across Canada and around the world.