Law school opening
(left-right) G. Edward Hall (President of The University of Western Ontario),
Dean Ivan Rand, Josephine Spencer Niblett and John J. Robinette (Treasurer of Law Society of Upper Canada) at the official opening of the Faculty of Law building in 1961

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Read the 2009 Western Law Alumni Magazine online


London Free Press 50th story


Celebrating 50 great years

The Faculty of Law, founded in 1959, has come a long way in the past half century. Our programs are now among the most innovative and internationally focused of any law school in Canada. Our faculty members are engaging as scholars within a global context, while our student body is more diverse than it has ever been. At the same time we continue to keep the culture instilled by our founding Dean, Ivan C. Rand.

We are proud of our alumni (now numbering over five thousand) who make such valuable contributions to society not only in the practice of law, but also in business, and in community and public service.

We hope you will join us in celebrating 50 great years!

Please join us at the upcoming events celebrating our 50th anniversary

September 17, 2009 Pensa Lecture in Human Rights (The Hon. Justice Richard Goldstone )
October 1, 2009 50th Cocktail Reception, The University of Western Ontario
October 3, 2009 Homecoming weekend - Dean's Breakfast and Tour of the Law School
October 16 - 17 "Law and Governance in Britain", a symposium sponsored jointly with the Department of History

October 30, 2009 The Koskie Minsky Lecture (The Hon Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court of Canada)

October 31, 2009 Labour Law Conference

November 12, 2009 The Steven Coxford Lecture (Prof. Jeremy Waldron, New York University)

November 24, 2009 The Canada-US Law Institute Distinguished Lecture (Prof. Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies)

March 3, 2010
Phillipe Sands delivers The Pensa Lecture in Human Rights

March 4, 2010 "Shakespeare in Court: A Play with Appeal" Conron Hall, The University of Western Ontario

March 2010 Alumni Denning Night in Toronto

March 22, 2010
Nobel Prize winning economist George A. Akerlof delivers the Beattie Family Lecture in Business Law

April 29, 2010 "Golden Anniversary Reception", Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Stay tuned for details about celebrations in Calgary, New York, Ottawa and Hamilton.

More than 250 guests gathered for the Western Law Alumni Dinner on April 14 to kick-off Western Law's 50th anniversary year. The event also honoured Doug Ferguson '81 with the Alumni Award of Distinction. Read full story and view photos of the event









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Supporting Western Law

The centrepiece of our celebratory year is to establish a Golden Anniversary Fund
which will provide support for student programs including:
exchange programs, international internships and our mooting program.
Learn more about how you can support Western Law

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Tel: 519 661-3346
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