University of Victoria Law School turns 40 - Grads who reflect school’s commitment to community include 21 Provincial Court Judges

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The University of Victoria celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 6th and 7th with social events and informative programs. Twenty-one Provincial Court judges are UVic graduates. They include Judges Gregory Rideout and Edward de Walle, retired Judge Marilynn Borowicz, and former Provincial Court judge, now Supreme Court Justice Sukhdev Dley, all members of UVic’s first law class. Judge Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge appointed in B.C., was a featured speaker, addressing her fellow alumni at Saturday night’s Founders Dinner.

Provincial Court Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree has the distinction of being from a dynasty of UVic law grads – he, his sister Jean Fadai, his son Andrew, daughter Katelyn, and daughter-in-law Leah Plumridge all attended the family law school. The family has established the Crabtree Family Entrance Scholarship to assist indigenous students to become lawyers.

According to an article by Dean Jeremy Webber published in The Ring, the University of Victoria law school has focused on “law in action” since its inception. Students learn “experientially” by participating in legal processes both actual and simulated. The law school offers a Co-op program and operates an environmental law clinic as well as a business one. Reflecting its intensive commitment to the community, its flagship, The Law Centre provides help and representation to people who can’t afford a lawyer.

The Law Centre deals with criminal, family, civil, human rights, and administrative law matters. For more information, contact:

The Law Centre
Telephone: 250-385-1221
Suite 225 - 850 Burdett Avenue,
Victoria, B.C.