From HKR to the Bar
After five years in the work force in recreation related positions, Tracy Bannier (B.Rec’06 (Co-op.)) decided to once again challenge herself and return to school to complete a law degree.
Her dedication to hard work paid off when she was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in February 2015 and is the first alumni with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) known to have followed this career path. Ms. Baniner completed a Juris Doctor Degree at the University of New Brunswick in 2014.
Ms. Bannier credits her undergrad experience for giving her confidence and skills to tackle a law degree.
“The presentation skills I developed through Memorial’s recreation program translated very well to my oral advocacy work during my law degree,” she explained. “I believe the extensive interviewing experience I had through Memorial’s co-operative education program also gave me the confidence in many of the presentation and networking opportunities that are part of law school.”
Nearly 10 years after graduating from Memorial, on the day Ms. Bannier was called to the bar, former professors sent her messages of well wishes and congratulations, which she felt speaks to the close-knit, supportive community in HKR.
Ms. Bannier gained a perspective while in law school that she wanted to share with students who may face challenges during their studies. “At one point in particular I was faced with very difficult class material and was feeling frustrated; when I had a moment of clarity. I realized that the information was complicated. It was difficult. That’s why I wasn’t understanding the material and it wasn’t that I was incapable,” she said. “I just had to acknowledge it was hard and work to understand it. That shift in my perspective is a lesson I take with me.”
Ms. Bannier also encourages others who have a goal they’d like to accomplish to stick with it and never lose sight of the finish line. Ms. Bannier is now practicing law in St. John’s, NL with Curtis Dawe Lawyers.