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2017 Reunion Weekend  

Please note: online registration is now closed, however you may still register by contacting Tammi Hayne at 902.494.5100 or email lawalum@dal.ca.

Events being planned include:


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Weldon Law Building
Meet the Students: Alumni/Student Panel Discussion
What can I do with my law degree? A panel of returning law alumni will speak to students about options for career paths. Students love to meet alumni and to hear their career stories.
FREE

 

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Weldon Law Building
Law School Open House
Join the Dean, faculty and staff in the Atrium for refreshments. Students will be on hand to give guided tours of the school. Visit some of your old haunts and see all that is new.
FREE

5:30pm for 6:30pm

McInnes Room, Student Union Building
East Coast Lawbster Party
Enjoy appetizers and local beer at the reception. Afterwards, you can expect to join your classmates for a traditional East Coast lobster supper with all the fixins’.
$90/person

online registration is now closed, however you may still register by contacting Tammi Hayne at 902.494.5100 or email lawalum@dal.ca
9:00pm to close

The Grawood, Student Union Building
Domus Pub Night
After the dinner join the Domus Legis Society and students for a pub social and fun karaoke.
FREE to attend
(Pay as you go)


The rest of the weekend will include events planned by individual classes.

2017 Reunion Weekend Class Organizers

Interested in helping to organize your class reunion for 2017?
Contact Karen Kavanaugh at karen.kavanaugh@dal.ca or at 902.494.3744.

65th   1952    
60th   1957 John Carstairs sharoncarstairs@rogers.com  
55th
  1962    
50th   1967 Alan Hayman
ahayman@burchells.ca
Note: the Class of 1967 reunion will be held the weekend of September 15, 2017
45th 1972    
40th 1977 Bob & Kathie Booth bkbooth@telusplanet.net
Martha Deacon
mdeacon@bellaliant.net
Alison Love alison.love@shaw.ca
35th 1982 Ian MacKay imackay@conlinbedard.com
    Jeff Morris jeff@jeffmorrismediation.com
30th 1987 Salín Guttormsson dotsalin@hotmail.com
Paul Ives paulives@shaw.ca
Blair Keefe bkeefe@torys.com
Wendy MacGregor wendy.macgregor@bellaliant.net
25th 1992 Gordon Allen allen@allenlawinc.com
20th 1997    
15th 2002    
10th 2007 Jane Gourley-Davis jgourley-davis@pattersonlaw.ca
Melissa Insanic lawalum@dal.ca  
Katie Edmunds k.m.edmunds@gmail.com
Claire Wilson clairenwilson@gmail.com
5th
2012    



2018 Reunion Weekend Class Organizers

Interested in helping to organize your class reunion for 2018?
Contact Karen Kavanaugh at karen.kavanaugh@dal.ca or at 902.494.3744.

65th   1953    
60th   1958    
55th
  1963    
50th   1968    
45th 1973    
40th 1978 Susan Dicarlo
halifaxbliss@yahoo.ca
Ray Riddell 
rayriddell@hotmail.com
35th 1983    
30th 1988    
25th 1993    
20th 1998 Rob Currie robert.currie@dal.ca
Sean Foreman sean.foreman@novascotia.ca
15th 2003    
10th 2008    
5th
2013    





Law Alumni Reunion Weekend: 2016 East Coast Lawbster Party

by Rachael Kelly

Alumni from the class of '86 at the welcome reception. All photos by Nick Pearce.
Alumni from the class of '86 at the welcome reception. All photos by Nick Pearce.

Tracing familiar paths down University Avenue on Sept. 30, alumni from the classes of ’66, ’76, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’06, and ’11 climbed the stairs to the second floor of Dalhousie’s Student Union Building to attend the Schulich School of Law’s 2016 East Coast Lawbster Party, the first of many events arranged to celebrate the annual Law Alumni Reunion Weekend.

In the atrium of the McInnes Room, an eager alumnus in a grey suit greeted new arrivals with the same question: “Class of ’86? Class of ’86?” Scanning names, he fished a fair selection of colleagues from a sea of ’76 and ’91 tags – the years with the largest turnout. Regardless of grad year, classmates from as far as Singapore, Australia, and the U.K. were excited to reconnect in the traditional Maritime way – over lobster and drinks.

In the dining room, guests were greeted by Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron. “Events like this one are a very warm and welcome opportunity to bring our graduates together from near and far. They give each of you a chance to catch up with one another and the rest of us the chance to meet you or meet you again, and hear about the interesting careers you have built for yourselves.”

Dean Camille Cameron and third-year student Bart Soroka, president of the Law Students' Society.

As guests helped themselves to salad, coleslaw, and roasted potatoes, bright-red lobsters were brought out by the bucketful. CBC journalist and alumnus Ian Hanomansing ('86) took the stage during dessert. “I see a look of puzzlement on some faces,” he began. “Some of you are not quite sure who I am and why I’m speaking to this group. That’s fine. Hopefully that’ll become clear. There’s a second group of you who have only seen me on TV, and up until tonight – if you’re not a member of the class of ’86 and haven’t seen me in person – you’re saying, ‘Man, he is a lot shorter than I thought.’”

Hanomansing kept the crowd laughing. “Why did Dal get the one guy who came to law school not planning to be a lawyer, didn’t article, who never worked a day in law in his career...Why is he speaking at the Dal Law Alumni dinner? That’s a good question,” he said. “I was wondering the answer to that, too.”

Hanomansing had two criteria when it came to choosing a law school. One: it had to be a national law school, which Dalhousie has been since 1890. Two: it had to be located in a small city in the Maritimes. “Pretty clearly Dal was going to be that choice,” he said.

Dalhousie was the only place he applied, and he never opened his acceptance letter – our school was the only choice he wanted to make. After all, said Hanomansing, “Where else in the world do you learn to rattle off Latin phrases with a Nova Scotia twang?”

CBC journalist and alumnus Ian Hanomansing ('86) was the event's guest speaker.

As a student, Hanomansing took judicial remedies from a young professor named Tom Cromwell who brought in an antique car to teach his class about special damages. “I remember that moment clearly, and I remember that concept even more clearly 30 years later,” said Hanomansing.

Today, he contends that Dalhousie law grads feel connected to what’s going on in the world because old and new professors alike are prominent public figures. He mentioned Rollie Thompson, renowned for his expertise in family law, and Wayne MacKay ('78), a cyberbullying expert. These people help the law school garner the national profile it deserves, he added.

“You make a lot of naive choices where you’re 21, 22 years old, but when I look back at my decision to come here, I realize it was the right choice,” said Hanomansing. “We’ve all taken different paths to get to this university and we’ve followed different paths since then, but we share a few basic things – we are a little older now, we’re a lot wiser, and we couldn’t be prouder to be alumni of this great law school.”

Filling the space Hanomansing left on the stage after his address was Donna Franey ('86), the President of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association, who introduced this year’s recipient of the Weldon Award. Stewart McInnes (’61) of Halifax was a man with a concern for humanity and a want for positive change, said Franey, who exemplified the values embedded in the Weldon Tradition. “He put his heart and soul into everything he believed in. He was a doer, a pragmatist – the kind of ‘roll up your sleeves and get to work’ kind of guy.”

McInnes died of heart failure last year in Halifax at age 78. His daughter Sarah McInnes, a fourth generation Dalhousie law grad, accepted the award on his behalf. She opened her address by saying that she and Hanomansing had something in common – she never opened her acceptance letter, either: “I got home and my father had already opened it.”

Sarah McInnes ('04) accepted the Weldon Award on behalf of her father, Stewart McInnes.

McInnes described her father as a lawyer, politician, volunteer, fundraiser, and philanthropist. He served on as many as 64 boards and community organizations, received the A.J. Sandy Young Award for Great Contribution to Sport in Nova Scotia, and was voted Dalhousie Alumnus of the Year in 1998. “My father wasn’t only committed to causes he cared about. He was passionate about his community as a whole and about the people in it. That’s the story I’d like to contribute.”

Chronicling her father’s love of gardening and unwavering commitment to his family, McInnes paused, briefly overcome with emotion. Former Schulich Law Dean Kim Brooks encouraged her to continue with a bolstering cry of, “Go Sarah!” to which everyone in attendance applauded. Looking into the faces of her supporters, McInnes said: “For my father, public service was not an obligation. Being able to contribute to his community, his province, and his country was a privilege. To be a member of this profession is a privilege.”

Photos from the 2016 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner

A look back at the 2015 Reunion Weekend

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual Law Reunion Weekend! The reunion was a great success. Over 200 law alumni and friends celebrating their anniversaries—the classes of ’60, ’65, ’75, '80, ’90 ’95, and ’05—returned to campus for the 2015 Annual Law Reunion Weekend.

We kicked off the weekend with the Horace Read Lecture featuring Professor Nancy Levit which was followed a Back to Class session with Professor Diana Ginn in the Weldon Law Building them moved across the street to the McInnes Room in the Student Union Building where nearly 160 alumni, faculty, staff and students attended the Reception and East Coast LAWbster Supper

The 2015 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service was presented to Heather Ann McNeill, QC ('94) and Class of '74 were presented the Dean's Cup for their extraordinary fund raising efforts.

After the supper the party moved to the University Club's Pub for a Domus Night with current students.

For the remainder of the weekend, alumni took part in local excursions, social events and class dinners.

Photos from the 2015 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner

A look back at the 2014 Reunion Weekend

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 Annual Law Reunion Weekend! The reunion was a great success. Over 300 law alumni and friends celebrating their anniversaries—the classes of ’54, ’64, ’74, ’84, ’89, '94 and ’04—returned to campus for the 2014 Annual Law Reunion Weekend.

We kicked off the weekend with a Back to Class session with Professor Rollie Thompson in the Weldon Law Building them moved across the street to the McInnes Room in the Student Union Building where nearly 200 alumni, faculty, staff and students attended the Reception and East Coast LAWbster Supper

The 2014 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service was presented to John S. Fitzpatrick ('84) and the guest speaker was Justice James MacPherson ('74).

After the supper the party moved to the University Club's Pub for a Domus Night with current students.

For the remainder of the weekend, alumni took part in local excursions, social events and class dinners.


Photos from the 2014 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner

A look back at the 2013 Reunion Weekend

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2013 Annual Law Reunion Weekend! The reunion was a great success. Over 200 law alumni and friends celebrating their anniversaries—the classes of ’53, ’58, ’63, ’73, ’88, ’93 and ’03—returned to campus.

Our Annual Law Alumni Dinner was held on Friday, October 4th at the McInnes Room on campus with guest speaker, Al Meghji ('88). The Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service was also presented to Bill Fenrick ('73). Saturday morning we invited everyone back to the Law School for breakfast, tours of the school and an opportunity to meet with some of our current students. Over the remainder of the weekend, alumni took part in local excursions, social events and class dinners.

Photos from the 2013 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner

A look back at the 2012 Reunion Weekend

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2012 Annual Law Reunion Weekend! The reunion was a great success. Over 300 law alumni and friends celebrating their anniversaries—the classes of ’52, ’57, ’62, ’72, ’87, ’92 and ’02—returned to campus for the 2012 Annual Law Reunion Weekend.

Our Annual Law Alumni Dinner was held on Friday Sept. 28. And Saturday morning we invited everyone back to the Law School for breakfast, tours of the school and an opportunity to meet with some of our current students. And while we did have a bit of rain on Saturday afternoon, nothing seemed to dampen the spirits of all those participating. Over the remainder of the weekend, alumni took part in local excursions, social events and class dinners.

Photos from the 2012 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner