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Law school founders celebrate ruby anniversary with homecoming dinner

Faculty and staff who opened law school in 1976 gather to reminisce and reconnect
February 10, 2017
Founding Dean John McLaren, left, chats with current Dean Ian Holloway. Photos by Adrian Shellard, for the Faculty of Law

Founding Dean John McLaren, left, chats with current Dean Ian Holloway. Photos by Adrian Shellard, for the Faculty of Law 

Members of the core community who helped establish the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, reminisce and review old documents during the ruby anniversary dinner.

Members of the core community who helped establish the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, reminisce and review old documents during the ruby anniversary dinner. 

This excerpt from a 1969 editorial in the Calgary Herald echoes the sentiments of the Faculty of Law's founders about the need for a law school in Calgary.

This excerpt from a 1969 editorial in the Calgary Herald echoes the sentiments of the Faculty of Law's founders about the need for a law school in Calgary.

Ten years after Calgarians successfully fought for a university they could call their own, the community also succeeded in bringing the Faculty of Law into existence. The law school’s 40th, or ruby, anniversary celebrations coincided with the University of Calgary marking its first 50 years of transformational community impact.

Conversations about the early days floated around the room on Wednesday evening, as a core group of the Faculty of Law founders celebrated the law school’s ruby anniversary with a special dinner — a bit of a homecoming for many.

From the founding dean to some of the first professors and staff who launched the Faculty of Law in 1976, it was an evening of reminiscing about the good times and hard battles fought to open the doors of the province’s second law school.

In his remarks, founding dean John McLaren noted that 40 years ago, a group of nine professors and staff, and about 60 students, embarked together on an adventure to create a new kind of law school. The fruits of that adventure can be seen today in initiatives such as the Calgary Curriculum, the International Energy Lawyers Program, and the Family Law Incubator, to name a few.

“The law school would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of our founding members,” says Ian Holloway, dean of the Faculty of Law. “To be able to hear, first-hand, some of the stories from this great group about the struggles and successes they went through to establish this school in the legal education landscape is really inspiring, and pushes us to continue to work hard to be at the forefront of legal education and innovation in Canada.”