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Welcome to the LSA

Adeel S. Mulla (3L)

On behalf of everyone in the Law Students’ Association, I am delighted to welcome all first year students, faculty, and my fellow returning students, to U of A Law.

While most students purchased or renewed their annual LSA membership during Orientation Week, some of you may be wondering what is it exactly that the LSA does, and what opportunities and benefits are offered to our membership.

Our VP-Socials Laura Coffell and Faiz-Ali Virji organize various social events over the course of the year. Some of these include Friday Afternoon Beer Socials (FABS), Pre-Orientation, First Friday Back, and the always fun-and-formal Carbolic Smoke Ball (aka “Law Prom”). Our VP-Services Keerit Jutla and Kismat Nijjar are hard at work creating the Who’s Who, assigning locks and lockers, organizing student-wide communications, and maintaining The Gavel for everyone. The Who’s Who is an invaluable resource for organizing study groups, trying to remember everyone’s names, and is just another fun way to creep on each other (sometimes Facebook just isn’t enough).

Speaking of study groups, our VP-Academic Iain Walker is updating the CANs database as we speak (and has been doing so all summer). We all recognize that there is no substitute for reading your cases and the legal texts, but CANs are great study guides to help keep you on the right track. Our VP‑Sports Steve Morrison registers and oversees the intramural sports teams; which include volleyball, soccer and basketball. Steve also organizes the El Hacko Golf Tournament in September, and the annual Lawspiel Curling Tournament in March.

Our VP-Finance Kathleen Cloutier handles all financial aspects of the LSA’s operations, and ensures that your $55 membership fee is properly accounted for. Without Kathleen’s budgeting, the LSA would not be able to organize and provide the services and events that we do. Our VP-External Scott Meyer is our main liaison with the University of Alberta Student’s Union, and makes sure that law students’ concerns are heard loud and clear by the rest of the University. Finally, our VP-General Conor Fleming helps to supervise the running of our organization as a whole, and oversees the important task of elections and maintaining the student calendar for the year.

I strongly encourage all first year students to get involved in student leadership, faculty athletics, and all the clubs and organizations that are available to you, as they are an integral part of the law student experience. With that in mind, a by-election for two 1L Representatives will be held in September. If you have any questions, or would like to chat about absolutely anything on your mind, please feel free to stop by the LSA Office (LC 157) during our office hours which are Mondays from 1-3pm, and Tuesday to Friday from 12-2pm.

The year ahead is an exciting one indeed. 1Ls, we look forward to meeting all of you! Upper-years, I have one last thing to say: “reunited, and it feels so good!”