Grad profile: Advocacy, aid and challenging assumptions

Haneen Al-Noman, Schulich School of Law

- May 24, 2022

Haneen Al-Noman. (Margarita Brighton photo)
Haneen Al-Noman. (Margarita Brighton photo)

This article is part of a series focusing on the grads of the Dalhousie Class of 2022. Spring Convocation runs from May 24 to June 3 in Halifax and Truro. Read all our profiles here as they are published, and for more information visit the Convocation website.

As part of its coverage of Spring Convocation 2022, the Schulich School of Law conducted Q&As with various graduating law students reflecting on their time at Dal. Below, learn more about grad Haneen Al-Noman.

Why did you want to attend the Schulich School of Law?

In undergrad, I worked closely with two separate alumni of Schulich Law. Both of them sang the school’s praises, telling me all about its incredibly collegial culture and its faculty’s reputation for being both supportive and collaborative. They promised that enrolling in Schulich Law will be a decision I will cherish — and they were not wrong. After three years, I can say that I have learned so much more than I thought I would and met many people who have made a positive impact on my life. Plus, Halifax is also a great place to live. It has something for everyone: a rich history, fun events year-round, and a great outdoors culture.

In what ways were you involved with the law school community?

Both the school and the Law Students’ Society offer students many opportunities to be involved in the community. I was a student member of both the Appointments Committee and the Academic Committee, where I presented student perspectives on prospective faculty candidates and proposed changes to the curriculum. I was also an Advocate with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, where I represented students in academic disciplinary proceedings. I also became involved with the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, where I worked with lawyers to represent clients who could not otherwise afford representation. Being involved with the law school community is something I will miss. It truly made my time in law school all the more rewarding and meaningful.

What is your favourite law school memory?

As I look back on the many friendships I built and opportunities I had, it is very difficult to identify only one moment as my favorite — but I’ll try. One of my favourite memories was my time with the Dalhousie Law Journal in my second year. The course challenged me to rethink what it means to be in law and encouraged me to always be open to change my assumptions. It was composed of a tightly knit group of students and an incredible professor who helped me learn to seek support when I needed it and to give support when I can. My experience with the course propelled me to find strength in vulnerability.

What will you miss most about Schulich Law?

Above all, what I will miss most is the people! Faculty, staff, and students alike make Schulich Law the wonderful place it is. Wherever you turn, you will find someone willing to help you in one way or another. I have gained many friendships that I know will endure the test of time, both among my peers, as well as with my professors.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I will begin articling with Cox & Palmer in Halifax this June and then I will be clerking at the Ontario Court of Appeal in August of 2023. I am incredibly privileged and know that I absolutely would not have been in a position to seek these opportunities without the many great experiences I gained in my time at Schulich Law.


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