Class Reunions

 

2018 Reunion Weekend Itinerary

LAW: ALUMNI/STUDENT PANEL
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
1:30PM TO 3:30PM

The Venue
Room 105, Weldon Law Building

The Event

The Career Development Office at the Schulich School of Law will coordinate with the Law Alumni Office to host the 4th Annual Alumni/Student Panel Event.

What can I do with my law degree? A panel of returning law alumni will speak to students about options for career paths. Our students love to meet alumni and hear their career stories.

Cost
FREE

LAW: ANNUAL LAW ALUMNI RECEPTION
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
3:30PM TO 5:30PM

The Venue
Halifax Citadel National Park

The Event
In celebration of our Annual Law Alumni Reunion and Dalhousie’s 200th Anniversary, the law school will host a reception at the Halifax Citadel National Park for law alumni and guests.

Mingle with your classmates, other alumni, professors and the Dean. The 2018 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service will also be presented.

It will be a great way to gear up for Dalhousie's hosts it’s “Ignite Gala Dinner” at the new Nova Trade and Convention Centre just down the hill from the Citadel, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the university.

Cost
$25.00 per person

IGNITE GALA DINNER (HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
6:00 FOR 7:00PM

The Venue
Nova Trade & Convention Centre

The Event
Join us for the premier event of Dalhousie’s 2018 Homecoming weekend where we’ll look forward into our third century. This evening will be an experience not to be missed!


Cost
$130.00+ tax  per person/$1,300.00 + tax per table of 10

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is now closed for this event.

There are limited seats still available.
To purchase a ticket please contact Kirsten Tobin at (902) 494-2807 or email kirsten.tobin@dal.ca.

LAW: WELDON OPEN HOUSE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
10:00AM TO 12:00 NOON

The Venue
Atrium, Weldon Law Building


Please note that due to lack of RSVPs this event has been cancelled. All those who had RSVPd have been emailed.


LAW: DOMUS LEGIS ALUMNI WEEKEND GARDEN PARTY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
4:00PM TO 9:00PM

The Venue
Officer's Mess at Royal Artillery Park
1585 Queen Street

The Event

Schuich School of Law Students invite alumni to join them for a Domus Legis Garden Party. Food will be served and a cash bar will be available. There will be lawn games (horseshoes, washer toss, etc) and the beautiful back patio will be available for enjoyement.

Dress code is business casual with a mind toward a garden party theme. Please note that collared shirts are a required dress for men as it is an Officer's Mess.

Cost

FREE

   

2018 Reunion Weekend Class Organizers

65th   1953 Hal Stevens halstevens@outlook.com
60th   1958 Bill Charles wcharles@eastlink.ca
55th
  1963 Bill Sommerville
tsommerc296@rogers.com
50th   1968 Bill MacDonald billmacdonald@eastlink.ca
40th 1978 Susan Dicarlo
halifaxbliss@yahoo.ca
Ray Riddell 
rayriddell@hotmail.com
30th 1988 Rose Marie Braden
rosiebraden@live.ca
    Peter Ghiz peterghiz@peterghizlawyer.com
25th 1993 Carla Swansburg
carla.swansburg@blakes.com
20th 1998 Rob Currie robert.currie@dal.ca
Sean Foreman sean.foreman@novascotia.ca
10th 2008 Carla Black cblack@filion.on.ca
    Bryen Mooney bmooney@boyneclarke.ca
    Megan Roberts megan_blaikie@hotmail.com
    Jane Thomson
jane.thomson@unb.ca


Law Alumni Reunion Weekend: 2017 East Coast Lawbster Party

Photos from the 2017 Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner

A look back at the 2016 Reunion Weekend



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