Osgoode Hall Law School celebrates 125 years of leadership in legal education

Osgoode Hall Law School celebrates 125 years of leadership in legal education

by aanationtalk on October 6, 20141064 Views

TORONTO, October 6, 2014 – Osgoode Hall Law School of York University will officially mark the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889 with an [email protected] Celebration on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 12:20pm in Gowlings Hall. All are welcome.

Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will look back at Osgoode’s illustrious past – the first classes were held on October 7, 1889 – and celebrate the law school’s bright future.

Among the highlights of the [email protected] Celebration will be the unveiling of a pair of commissioned art pieces by celebrated Gitxsan First Nations artist and master carver Ya’Ya (Charles) Heit; a preview of a film about Osgoode’s history by Juris Doctor (JD) graduate Quinn Harris ’14; and the launch of a 12-hour Twitter Contest that will make one Osgoode student club $1,125 richer.

“Osgoode is extremely proud to be celebrating this important milestone,” Sossin said. “Our 125th is an occasion for looking forward and looking back, but especially looking forward. This anniversary year corresponds with several important Osgoode projects, particularly around themes such as accessibility and the use of digital platforms, which will animate the law school in the coming years.”

In honour of the 125th anniversary, the Law School has launched the following new initiatives:

  • An innovative five-year pilot program that will see a minimum of five JD students a year offered admission to the Law School on an income contingent loan basis;
  • A student-led fundraising campaign to raise $125,000 for debt relief, which will be matched by the Law School and again by Osgoode alumni;
  • The inaugural Anishinaabe Law Camp: Anishinaabe Naakinigewin Gabeshawin held September 11 to 14, which saw about 40 law students and Osgoode and University of Victoria Law School faculty members travel to Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) to engage with Anishinaabe legal traditions and community-based learning;
  • The Osgoode Digital Commons, an open-access institutional repository of the intellectual output of the Law School.

Sossin said the 125th anniversary, which will run throughout the 2014-15 academic year, has presented the Law School with multiple opportunities “to tell more of our stories to more communities.”

Visitors to the Law School will see a display called the Osgoode History & Archives Project that aims to preserve the school’s past and advance research into its legacy of leadership and nation-building. The display consists of print and electronic materials, photographs, art, artifacts such as old books and exams, and archival records such as old yearbooks and other memorabilia.

In addition, Osgoode’s new website features a history page whose centrepiece is a timeline with historical vignettes from 1889 to the present. The history page also offers a look at alumni who have blazed the trail (“Osgoode Catalysts”) and presents the “[email protected] Index” – 125 interesting factoids about a great law school that will continue to make history.

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York U’s community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.

Media Contact:
Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820, [email protected]

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