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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Crowdsourcing Justice: Effective or Just Cathartic?

Karey Thomson (2L)   You may recall the commotion last month when James Damore was fired from Google for circulating a ten page anti-diversity memo to all of his coworkers. The memo took aim at Google’s diversity initiatives and argued that biology — not sexism — is to blame for fewer women than men entering […]

Dear Class of 2020,

Let me begin by congratulating you all on having one of the greatest graduating years since the palindrome class of 1991. Count me among the envious! On behalf of the Law Students’ Association (LSA) and the rest of the student body here at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, I am thrilled to welcome […]

When is a River Not a River? When it’s a Person.

Joe Sellman (2L)   The Whanganui River is 290 km long, making it the third longest river in New Zealand. And as of March 2017, the river is its own legal entity (a legal person). The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act granted the Whanganui River “all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities […]

The Best Place for Coffee in Law School: Hello My Friend Café

Karey Thomson (2L)   If you’ve never heard of Hello My Friend Café, you must be a 1L. You’ll find this beloved little coffee shop in The Gavel (the law student lounge). The owner and only server is Steve, who greets every customer with a smile and a hello. He’ll remember your name and always […]

SLS: A Primer

Neil Thomson (3L), Executive Coordinator of Student Legal Services   Student Legal Services (SLS) is a non-profit organization run by U of A law students. Our mandate is built around providing access to justice for the low-income community in the greater Edmonton area. It was founded in 1969 by a dozen law students operating with […]

What’s in a Name?

Michael Wickson and Karey Thomson (2L) There has been much discussion in the past few years around professional sports teams using names and logos depicting aboriginal peoples, specifically opposition to the names of teams like the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and the Washington Redskins. But here in Edmonton, we should be focusing on our own […]

Advice for the Class of 2020…

WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN DURING YOUR FIRST FEW WEEKS OF LAW SCHOOL? This isn’t like undergrad – do your readings. –Dean Bergsma, Class of 2017 You can get all the CANs you will need from the LSA website. –Barret McNally, Class of 2017 Somewhat ironically, but you’re going […]