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Memorial University is inviting members of the public across the province to share their thoughts on the potential of the university having a law school.
Consultations are being held in Gander, Monday, July 15, 7-8:30 p.m., at Hotel Gander; Grand Falls-Windsor, Tuesday, July 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at The Mount Peyton Hotel; Corner Brook, Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Grenfell Campus, Room AS 2016; and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Labrador Institute, Room 106, College of the North Atlantic.
A news release notes it has been more than 25 years since Memorial University explored the possibility of a law school.
In 1987, the Bruce Report endorsed a law school in principle, but not at that time. Last year, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincial branch of the Canadian Bar Association supported a review of the concept of a Faculty of Law, a position later endorsed by the chief justice of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Lynne Phillips, dean of the Faculty of Arts, is chairing a committee which includes Morgan Cooper, Memorial's associate vice-president (academic) Faculty Affairs; Karen Kennedy, internal consultant, office of the Provost; Bert Riggs, archivist, Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives, QEII Library; Heather Clarke, PhD student, Faculty of Business Administration; Justice A.E. (Fonse) Faour, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trial Division; and Dr. Peter MacKinnon, president emeritus and former dean of law, University of Saskatchewan.
An online questionaire is also available at www.mun.ca/lawfeasibility/index.php.