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REF NO.: 152

SUBJECT: Memorial holding regional consultations on feasibility of law school

DATE: July 9

Memorial University is currently exploring the possibility of a law school and is inviting members of the public across the province to share their thoughts on this potential initiative at four public meetings.
  Gander, Monday, July 15, 7-8:30 p.m., The Hotel Gander
  Grand Falls-Windsor, Tuesday, July 16, 10-11:30 a.m., The Mount Peyton Hotel
  Corner Brook, Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Grenfell Campus, room AS 2016
  Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Labrador Institute, room 106, College of the North Atlantic
It has been more than 25 years since Memorial University explored the possibility of a law school. In 1987 the Bruce Report endorsed a law school in principle, but not at that time. Last year, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincial branch of the Canadian Bar Association supported a review of the concept of a Faculty of Law, a position later endorsed by the chief justice of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Lynne Phillips, dean of the Faculty of Arts, is chairing a committee which includes Morgan Cooper, Memorial's associate vice-president (academic) Faculty Affairs; Karen Kennedy, internal consultant, Office of the Provost; Bert Riggs, archivist, Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives, QEII Library; Heather Clarke, PhD student, Faculty of Business Administration; Justice A.E. (Fonse) Faour, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trial Division; and Dr. Peter MacKinnon, president emeritus and former dean of law, University of Saskatchewan.
If you wish to provide input but cannot attend a session, please visit to fill out an online questionnaire by Aug. 30, 2013.

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For further information, please contact Janet Harron, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Arts, Memorial University, at 709-864-8292 or


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