Dear Alumni and Friends:
I am passing the baton! I will be ending my term as Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section on June 30, 2021 and I will be leaving you in the more than capable hands of Professor Alain Roussy who will take over as Interim Dean while the University launches a process to appoint the next dean of our law school.
Since I applied to be Dean of our Faculty almost four years ago, I have devoted every ounce of my energy and thought to our Faculty and to strengthening our community, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together over the past 3.5 years.
During my tenure, we created the first-ever Strategic Plan for the Common Law Section and began to implement it aimed at enhancing our student experience and strengthening our faculty and staff. We have strengthened the support for Indigenous learners through the Office of the Indigenous Learner Advocate and the receipt of $1 million in scholarships for Indigenous learners.We have recognized the need to do much more to support BIPOC students, staff and faculty and we have taken first steps to do so through the creation of admission scholarships for Black law students, the creation of funds to support anti-racism initiatives and community enhancement initiatives.Much more work needs to be done in this and other areas.We expanded the Certificat de common law en français(CCLF) programme to the University of Calgary and are exploring partnerships with other law schools.
On the research front, we have five new chairs or endowed professorships since 2018– representing an increase of almost 50% during that time.We created the Public Law Centre and strengthened our existing research centers.We have expanded our graduate studies program through the creation of course-based LLMs and recruiting more doctoral students.
Of all the accomplishments over the past few years, I am most proud of how we rallied together as a community during the pandemic to support our students and to support each other.We created a COVID-19 emergency fund within 48 hours, the Student Summer Support Initiative, a tutoring program for staff and much more.We have done our best to be there for each other.
So, why have I decided to hand over the reins now? Over the past year, we have collectively faced many challenges with the pandemic and other matters.This has taken a toll on all of us, including myself.We are now at the point where we need our leadership to start thinking about and planning for what our law school is to be post-pandemic.This requires someone with new energy and a new vision. It is time to start the process of selecting the new Dean for our Faculty to chart a vision for our law school beyond COVID-19.I am grateful for all the support that so many of you have given me over the past few years and I hope I have left Fauteux in a stronger and more positive environment than it was when I became Dean.
I have learned so much over the past few years from our faculty, our students, our staff, and from so many of you.I have also learned much about myself and how much I miss being in the classroom and writing. I am excited to return to my twin passions of teaching and research and look forward to rejoining the Faculty after a period of administrative leave and continuing to contribute to our community in different ways.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job was meeting with alumni.I met with over 250 of you one on one, I visited many of your firms and we had great alumni events in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.I will cherish those moments and I will miss them.
Thank you to each and every one of you that has been a part of my journey for these past years.Your generous insights, guidance, donations, and moral support have been invaluable and together we have made significant strides.I hope you continue to support our Faculty, Professor Alain Roussyas Interim Dean, and the individual who becomes the new Dean as you have me.There is so much more work to do, and you are a part of that continuing journey.
Adam Dodek, LSM
Faculté of Law, Common Law Section