Congratulations to our graduating DCL, LLM, and BCL/LLB students!
This year's convocation address will be given by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Professor Allison Christians, who holds the Stikeman Chair in Tax Law will receive the Law Students' Association Durnford Teaching Excellence Prize.
Michèle Lamarre-Leroux is this year's Valedictorian.
About the speaker
One of Canada’s most distinguished jurists of aboriginal descent, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia’s first Representative for Children and Youth, an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, with a mandate to advocate for children and youth and protect their rights. She is currently on leave from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, where she was appointed in 1998, at the age of 35, the first Treaty Indian to be named to the bench in that province. As an aboriginal rights lawyer, she worked on land claims with the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington D.C. and served as a key legal and constitutional advisor to aboriginal leaders. A graduate of Carleton University, York University and Cambridge University, Judge Turpel-Lafond also holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School.