On February 4, 2014, during an evening reception held in the Common Room, the Faculty of Law presented Stuart H. “Kip” Cobbett, BCL’72, with the James A. Robb Award to honour his exceptional work as a volunteer at the Faculty of Law and, more broadly, at McGill University.
The event was attended by Principal Suzanne Fortier, Provost Anthony C. Masi, Chancellor Arnold Steinberg, Dean Daniel Jutras, Mr. Norm Steinberg, Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board, as well as by Mr. James Robb himself.
In his remarks, Dean Daniel Jutras observed that “there is an historical connection between Kip Cobbett and Charles Dewey Day, McGill’s longest serving Chair of the Board, and McGill’s first Chancellor, 150 years ago. Over that period, half of McGill’s Chairs of the Board and Chancellors have been lawyers and alumni from our Faculty of Law, and their service to the University spans 100 of these 150 years. The Faculty of Law is very proud of this extraordinary contribution to the University’s governance and community. As an alumnus of the Faculty, Kip beautifully continues this tradition of service with poise, wisdom, humor and generosity.“
Mr Cobbett, who has served as Chairman of McGill's Board of Governors’ since 2010, is also a partner with Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP. As a McGill graduate, Mr. Cobbett has a long-standing relationship with the University. He has been an active member of the McGill Alumni Association for many years. He was lecturer in the Faculty of Law from 1976 to 1985. He is also a governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation and serves on several boards of directors.
The James A. Robb Award
The James A. Robb Award celebrates those who nobly give of their time and efforts to support the Faculty of Law in the pursuit of its academic endeavours. It was created in honour of James A. Robb, BCL'54, who, as a former McGill Governor and former president of the Alumni Association, is one of McGill's most well-known volunteers.