We are approaching one year of COVID, working from home and remote learning. It is hard to believe that we have been in this for a whole year. There has been good news over the past week with approval of additional vaccines and an accelerated vaccination schedule. Hopefully, we will all be able to get our first shot by the end of June.
English Program Open House
On Saturday, we had an incredibly successful virtual Open House for admitted students to the English Program (J.D.). We have over 140 prospective students in attendance. Our keynote speaker was Annamie Paul LLB 1995, leader of the Green Party of Canada. She was absolutely inspiring! Kudos to Professor Jamie Liew, Director of the First Year Program (English) for organizing this event and to Veronique Larose for coordination and Ritesh Kotak for technical support extraordinaire.
Launch of New Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Fund for Student Initiatives
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Common Law Section Students Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Action Fund to support community enhancement initiatives stewarded by students from Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. The Fund will also support students engaged in the development and implementation of projects, partnerships or events that promote anti-racism initiatives at the Faculty. We recognize that intersectional forms of systemic racism, including systemic anti-Black racism and systemic anti-Indigenous racism and colonialism, has had, and continues to have, adverse effect on Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities.
We have heard the call from student governments and associations for more support for student-led initiatives within the Faculty. This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to deepen our commitment to racial justice and improving access to justice.
Through the community enhancement stream, funding will be available to students or groups from Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section for student-led community enhancement initiatives during the Summer 2021 and the 2021-22 academic year. Through the anti-racism action stream, funding will be available to students or groups from all communities within the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section for student-led anti-racism initiatives during the Summer 2021 Term and the 2021-22 academic year.
The Common Law Section Students Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Fund is intended to support an array of activities including costs affiliated with student-led programming and events, materials for creative work and cultural production, and professional development and workshop fees affiliated with anti-racist work. The Fund will generally contribute $500 to $1000 to support projects and initiatives. A total of $10,000 is available for each of the Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of a majority of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students, faculty, and staff. A call for applications for student representatives to serve on the selection committee will appear in Dictum in the coming weeks. More information on the Fund is available here [INSERT LINK]
Bar Exam Prep
The Faculty will be hosting a virtual Ontario bar exam prep session featuring several uOttawa alumni from Bar Exam Crackers on March 11 at 10:00 a.m.(Online). This 1 hour session will provide bar exam studying, test taking and bar material organizing strategies. In addition, the session will cover how to effectively use bar exam preparation material, including indices, summaries, and charts, and provide the attendees with access to some complimentary bar exam preparation material. Advanced registration for this session is required here. Questions about the session may be directed to email@example.com.. Please note that this session will be held in English only. French-language bar prep information sessions will follow later in the term.
La faculté organise une session virtuelle de préparation à l'examen du barreau de l'Ontario, à laquelle participeront plusieurs anciens étudiants de l'Université d'Ottawa et de Bar Exam Crackers au 11 mars à 10h (en ligne). Cette séance d'une heure permettra d'étudier les examens du barreau, de passer les tests et d'organiser les stratégies d'utilisation du matériel du barreau. De plus, la session couvrira comment utiliser efficacement le matériel de préparation à l'examen du barreau, y compris les index, les résumés et les tableaux, et donnera aux participants l'accès à du matériel gratuit de préparation à l'examen du barreau. Une inscription préalable à cette session est nécessaire ici. Les questions concernant la session peuvent être adressées à firstname.lastname@example.org. Veuillez noter que cette session se déroulera en anglais uniquement. Des séances d'information sur la préparation au barreau en français suivront plus tard dans le trimestre.
Welcoming the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, JD 2011, Back to Fauteux
On March 17, join us for a conversation with the Hon. Ahmed Hussen JD 2011, who will discuss his journey from Fauteux to the Federal Cabinet. Moderated by Professor Jamie Liew. Register here.
Le 17 mars, joignez-vous à nous pour une discussion avec L’honorable Ahmed Hussen JD 2011, qui va parler de son parcours de Fauteux vers le Cabinet fédéral, le tout modéré par @thechaiyun. Inscrivez-vous ici.
Open Forum on Implementation of the Faraday Report
As we look to move forward in a good way, we would like to share our plans for the next few months for the implementation of the Faraday Report. We welcome the opportunity to share updates on our work with you and answer any questions you may have. I will host a Zoom Q & A session with Danielle Lussier on Thursday March 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Link to follow.
Have a good Reading Week and take care.
Dean Adam Dodek