Oh the year was two‑thousand and eight

- May 28, 2008

David Mollica, Class of 2008, representing the Dalhousie Law Students' Society, Robert Currie, winner of this year's Dalhousie Law Students' Society and Law Alumni Teaching Award, and Ronald Meagher, representing the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association. (Nick Pearce Photo)

Law students tried coaxing Professor Rob Currie to repeat the stirring rendition of Barrett’s Privateers he’d unleashed on them during orientation events.

“No singing today, I promise,” said a kilted Mr. Currie (LLB ’98), who did manage to slip in a few Scottish lawyer jokes while accepting the students’ annual award for teaching excellence at a reception last Friday.

“I am honoured and humbled to be given this award by the people who matter the most around here, the students,” he said, stressing his best reward is “seeing people really get it, seeing the light bulbs go on in the room.”

He attributed his success as a professor to his own teachers, many of whom are now his colleagues and mentors in the “rich and collegial atmosphere” in Dal’s Faculty of Law.

“All I can do is try to live up to the tradition of excellent teaching at this school,” said Mr. Currie, an assistant professor and expert in the area of international criminal law.

Having “incredible students” helps too – he coached this year’s team in the Jessup Moot Competition: Amy Anderson, Michael Fenrick, David Mollica and Daniel Watt. The team came second overall in Canada, and its written arguments placed fourth in the international final round in Washington, D.C. 
Prof. Currie told the graduating students he looks forward to hearing their future stories at reunions and alumni events: “I’ll be here … unless I join that Johnny Cash tribute band that keeps calling me!”  


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