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Clubs, Clubs, and More Clubs!

Aboriginal Law School Students Association

Teresa O’Krane (2L)

The Aboriginal Law Students Association (ALSA) supports a variety of Indigenous cultures from Treaty to Metis to Inuit. We are, however, not limited to these cultures as we welcome all students to join ALSA and participate in cultural events to learn more about Aboriginal people and the law. We meet once a month as a group for a free pizza lunch. We have various committees that work on a range of tasks, such as organizing a speaker series to planning visits to sites of interest to the Aboriginal community.

Yearly activities and opportunities include:

• Informal social and cultural outings

• Annual speaker series held every March – topic and dates TBA

• Attending and hosting conferences relating to Aboriginal peoples and the law – Indigenous Bar Association (IBA), Calgary 2014

For more information, please contact any member of the 2014-15 Executive Committee: President, Teresa O’Krane; Vice President, Billy Turner; Secretary, Michael Seed; Treasurer, Dib Aytenfisu.


Book Club

Andrea Vig (2L)

Amidst the mountains of readings assigned to us daily, we, law students, sometimes forget that reading can actually be enjoyable. In this club, we vote on interesting but short-ish novels to read (for fun) and discuss (casually) at each meeting. The point is to provide incentive to keep reading for enjoyment without adding a burden to students’ workload. Our first get-together is on Wednesday, September 17 at 9 pm in the Gavel. We will be discussing the novel, Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. (There is a movie based off the book if you need to cheat for the first meeting.) All bookworms are welcome, and happy reading! Feel free to contact Andrea Vig at if you have any questions or for more information.


Canadian Lawyers Abroad

Filip Titi (2L) and Rana Ghanem (2L)

Welcome all 1Ls! If you are looking to explore legal issues beyond the classroom with a focus on human rights, then we invite you to join Canadian Lawyers Abroad (CLA) – U of A Student Chapter. CLA works to “support good governance, rule of law and human rights work in the developing world and Canada.” In a corporate-focused law school, the CLA Student Chapter offers the unique opportunity to broaden your legal horizons and delve into critical issues with national and international implications. This year’s theme is refugee rights. You will have the exciting opportunity to learn about refugee issues in Canada, securitization of refugee rights, children refugee rights, and the Syrian refugee crisis. You will be exposed to these issues via speaking events, documentary screenings, discussion groups, and our annual fundraiser. Finally, CLA would not be CLA without its summer internships. Each year, law students across Canada are given the chance to intern for incredible NGOs, both domestically and abroad. Last year’s U of A candidate spent 14 weeks in Ghana with the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. Please stop by at our booth during the Clubs Fair, or email us at if you are interested in becoming a member.


Law and Business Association

Tess Layton (3L)

The core purpose of the Law and Business Association is to provide educational and networking opportunities to law students who are interested in learning about the traditional business of law (i.e. practice options in small, medium and large firms and how to manage your practice) and how to apply your legal education to business leadership roles (i.e. how to network and brand yourself as a valuable business asset outside the firm environment, and how to grow your business portfolio).

Once again, we will be hosting three different speaker events throughout the 2014/2015 year. Each event will take place during the lunch or dinner hour and will include refreshments and some great food! We look forward to welcoming back the upper years who participated in the events of last year, and we are happy to invite new members of all years to join. We have executive positions available for upper years and incoming 1Ls. We hope to see you soon!

For more information about the Law and Business Association, feel free to contact club president, Tess Layton


Law and Older

Mia Reimers (2L)

Law and Older is a ready-made support and social network with a minimal time commitment. It is not limited to mature students, as there is no age requirement. But if your age, life experience or situation makes you feel out of step with traditional extracurricular law school activities, or if you are otherwise unable to participate in them, Law and Older may be for you! We meet for monthly lunches to socialize and for members to gain advice and mutual support from their peers and upper-year students. There is no set agenda, but in the past we have discussed matters such as the first-year moot, course selection, and articling. Drop by our table on Clubs Day on September 9th to visit and to sign up for e-mail notifications for the monthly lunches. You can also e-mail to be put on the list for notifications. We look forward to meeting you!


Usque Ad Coelum – Law Climbing Club

Sean Barber (2L) and Tony Morrish (2L)

Usque Ad Coelum is a rock climbing club for law students of all skill and interest levels. The club will be meeting twice weekly, mainly on weekdays, in the late afternoon or early evening at the Butterdome climbing wall (exact timing TBA). Members receive discounted rates on entry fees and equipment when they are climbing with the club, as well as one free climbing session with rentals. The club offers a friendly environment to work on improving your climbing skills, as well as belay partners for those who need them. Beginners are strongly encouraged to come out and try climbing. Usque Ad Coelum offers a safe environment to learn to climb with other more experienced climbers. Club leaders, Sean Barber and Tony Morrish, would like to take this opportunity personally invite all those who are interested in climbing to come join us. Rock climbing is incredible fun, a great challenge and it provides an excellent work-out. We look forward to seeing you all on the wall!


Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Erin Kim (2L)


Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at the U of A is affiliated with the U.S.-based non-profit animal law organization, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). The group is for anyone with an interest in animal law, rights, or welfare issues, and we are especially privileged to have the support of two faculty members with interests in animal law: Professors Sankoff and Jefferies. There are many opportunities in and outside of the U of A for research as well.

One of the most exciting things offered by the ALDF is an annual animal law conference, and students from all SALDF chapters are invited to attend. Our own Professor Sankoff will be speaking at this year’s conference, held at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. Last year, two of our members attended the conference at Stanford Law School. SALDF also organized a charity fundraiser and some excellent guest lectures by prominent lawyers doing truly ground-breaking animal advocacy work throughout Canada. We hope to deliver the same and much more this year!

If you’d like to find out more about SALDF please contact Erin Kim ( or David Demers (