Dean's Message | Spring 2020 | NEXUS Magazine | The Faculty of Law | UNB

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Dean's message

I would like to begin by thanking our students for their resilience during one of the most challenging academic terms in UNB Law’s history. To our graduating students, congratulations! This is not how any of us envisioned your final days of law school, but don’t let that overshadow this amazing accomplishment.

Despite the difficulties, the winter term has been hugely successful for our law school. Our students continue to compete at the national level. The negotiation team of Danica Jorgenson and David McDonald placed second overall at the fourth annual Canadian National Negotiation Competition. Seven UNB Law students have secured 2021 clerkships across the country, including Curtis Doyle, who is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our faculty members remain leaders in legal research. In March, Janet Austin discussed investment fraud at Europe’s largest stock exchange, Euronext. Hilary Young recently secured over $70,000 in SSHRC research funding to examine injunctions concerning speech. A wealth of new research interest is arriving as we continue to renew our full-time faculty complement. We welcomed Benjamin Perryman to the Faculty this winter, with Jason MacLean and Sarah-jane Nussbaum slated to join the law school as Assistant Professors in 2020 and 2021.

It has been a busy time for our alumni as well—from Queen’s Counsel appointments to distinguished awards and even a knighthood! Thank you to Mme. Anne Bertrand, QC (LLB 85’), who visited our students and shared the story of her rise from small-town NB to Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada.

I am happy to present these stories and more in this Spring 2020 edition of Nexus.
As many of you have already heard, I have decided to step down as Dean for personal reasons. Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with world-class faculty members, connecting with passionate and talented students, and getting to know the members of our impressive alumni network. For all of this, I am grateful. I look forward to staying on with UNB Law and continuing teaching and researching.

I am glad to announce that Associate Dean Michael Marin will be stepping into the role of Acting Dean starting July 1, 2020. Mike has a fantastic reputation among his colleagues and his students and cares deeply about the future of UNB Law. He has assumed significant leadership roles within the Faculty, including chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. He also navigated one of the most difficult semesters in UNB history during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I want to thank everyone for their hard work and support during my time as Dean. I look forward to seeing what is next for our not-so-little law school.