Peter A Allard School of Law

Madam Justice Mary Southin Lecture

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Madam Justice Mary Southin Lecture with Professor Irit Samet.

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Irit Samet

Irit Samet is a Professor in The Dickson Poon School of Law, which she joined in 2008. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Mansfield College, Oxford (2006-2007), and a lecturer at the University of Essex (2008). She read law and philosophy in Israel and completed her doctorate at Oxford. Her main research interests lie in the Law of Equity, Property Law, and the theory of private law. She published papers on these subjects in leading journals (like OJLS, MLR), and her book on the theory of Equity Law was published by OUP in 2018.  She is a course convener for the undergraduate module of Equity and Trusts, and teaches philosophy of property law as an option B part of the Jurisprudence course, and research seminars in property law.

Madam Justice Mary Southin Lecture

The annual Madam Justice Mary Southin Lecture focuses on the law of equity or British Columbia legal history and is held alternately at the Allard School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.

Madam Justice Southin graduated from the law school in 1952 and was called to the bar in 1953. Over the years, she earned a tremendous reputation with the Bench, her colleagues and litigants for her representation of a wide range of clients in a very broad litigation practice. Madam Justice Southin was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1969, was elected a Bencher in 1971, and became the Treasurer of the Law Society in 1977. She was the Editor in Chief of the British Columbia Law Reports from 1979 until her appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1985. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1998 and retired in 2006.

This important lecture pays tribute to her legacy by reminding others to pay heed to these two important influences - law of equity and legal history - on the legal profession.

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