Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

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Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

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Other form(s) of name

  • Dalhousie Law School
  • Schulich School of Law

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Description area

Dates of existence

1883-

History

Dalhousie’s Faculty of Law was the first university law school established in the common-law provinces of Canada, and became the model for legal education across the country. The school was opened in 1883 with Richard Chapman Weldon as dean, supported by a volunteer faculty of Halifax lawyers and judges.

After four years in temporary housing, in 1887 the law school moved into a corner of the new Dalhousie College and University, known from 1919 as the Forrest Building. In 1951 the school moved to the Law Building (currently the University Club), which had been designed and built for the purpose thirty years earlier, but commandeered for other uses; by 1966 the law students and faculty had outgrown the space and moved into their current residence, the Weldon Law Building, named for the school’s first dean. After the fifth-floor library was destroyed by fire in 1985, the building was expanded and renovated to create the new James Dunn Law Library.

The Faculty of Law counts among its notable graduates Dalhousie’s first black graduate, James Robinson Johnston, who earned his law degree in 1898. In 1918 Frances Fish became the first woman to graduate from Dalhousie Law School and later the first woman to be admitted to the Barristers’ Society of Nova Scotia. By1936 Dalhousie Law School graduates sat on the bench of all but three Provincial Supreme Courts and in 1950 the faculty began offering graduate programs.

During the second half of the twentieth century the law school established initiatives and programs including Dalhousie Legal Aid (1970), the Marine and Environmental Law Program (1974); the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative (1989), the Health Law Institute (1992) and the Law and Technbology Institute (2001). In 2009 Sir Seymour Schulich donated $20 million to fund 40 new annual scholarships, the largest gift of its kind ever made to a Canadian law school, and the school was renamed the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

A $3-million gift from John McCall MacBain in 2011 established the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy, and Joanna Erdman was the first person to hold the chair.

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Nicholls, George

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1957-1986

Description of relationship

George Nicholls was a professor in the Faculty of Law who assisted in the creation of the Dalhousie Law Journal, which was first published in September 1973

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Fish, Frances Lilan (1888–1975)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1918

Description of relationship

Frances Fish was the first woman to graduate from Dalhousie Law School in 1918

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Cameron, Camille

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Cameron, Camille is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

2015-

Description of relationship

Camille Cameron became Dean of the Faculty of Law in 2015.

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Brooks, Kimberley

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Brooks, Kimberley is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

2010–2015

Description of relationship

Kimberley Brooks was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2010–2015

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Schulich, Sir Seymour (January 6, 1940 -)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Schulich, Sir Seymour is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

2009

Description of relationship

Sir Seymour Schulich donated $20 million to Dalhousie's Faculty of Law in 2009 to fund 40 new annual scholarships

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Saunders, Phillip

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Saunders, Phillip is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

2005–2010

Description of relationship

Phillip Saunders was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2005–2010

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Russell, Dawn

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Russell, Dawn is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1995-2005

Description of relationship

Dawn Russell was acting Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1995–1996, and Dean from 1996–2005

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Ghiz, Joseph A. (1945-1996)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Ghiz, Joseph A. is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1993–1995

Description of relationship

Joseph A. Ghiz was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1993–1995

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Girard, Philip (1955-)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Girard, Philip is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1984-1993

Description of relationship

Philip Girard was acting Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1991–1993.

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Charles, William H.

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Charles, William H. is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1979–1985

Description of relationship

William H. Charles was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979–1985

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Macdonald, Ronald St. John (1928-2006)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Macdonald, Ronald St. John is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1972–1979

Description of relationship

Ronald St. John Macdonald was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1972–1979.

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Christie, Innis M. (November 8, 1937 - February 9, 2009)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Christie, Innis M. is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1971-2007

Description of relationship

Innis M. Christie was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1985–1991, and a professor from 1971-2007

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Donald, Robert Thomas (d. 1971)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Donald, Robert Thomas is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1969–1971

Description of relationship

Robert T. Donald was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1969–1971

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MacKay, W. Andrew (1929-2013)

Identifier of the related entity

MS-2-541.1990-014

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

MacKay, W. Andrew is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1957–1969

Description of relationship

W. Andrew MacKay was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1964–1969.

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Beaverbrook, Lady (1909-1994)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Beaverbrook, Lady is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1957-1994

Description of relationship

Lady Beaverbrook (Marcia Anastasia Christoforides), widow of Sir James Dunn, established the Sir James Dunn Law Library in the Weldon Building, as well as establishing seven Sir James Dunn law scholarships. She donated $2 million to restore the law school and its library holdings after the 1985 fire, and was said to be the

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Smith, Sidney Earle (March 9, 1897 – March 17, 1959)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Smith, Sidney Earle is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1929–1934

Description of relationship

Sidney Earle. Smith was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1929–1934

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Read, Horace Emerson, 1898-1975

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Read, Horace Emerson, 1898-1975 is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1925-1969

Description of relationship

Horace E. Read was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1950–1964.

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Read, John Erskine, OC, Justice, 1888-1973

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Read, John Erskine, OC, Justice, 1888-1973 is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1920–1929

Description of relationship

John Erskine Read was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1924–1929.

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MacDonald, Vincent Christopher

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

MacDonald, Vincent Christopher is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1920–1950

Description of relationship

Vincent C. MacDonald was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1934–1950.

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MacRae, D.A. (1872-1955)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

MacRae, D.A. is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1914–1924

Description of relationship

Donald Alexander MacRae was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1914–1924.

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Dunn, James Hamet, Sir (1874-1956)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Dunn, James Hamet, Sir is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1911-1956

Description of relationship

Sir James Dunn was an important donor and established two professorships in the Faculty of Law. The Sir James Dunn Law Library was established in his name after his death.

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Weldon, Richard Chapman (1849-1925)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Weldon, Richard Chapman is the associate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1883-1914

Description of relationship

Richard Chapman Weldon was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1883-1914.

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Wilson, Bertha (1923-2007)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Wilson, Bertha is the graduate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1957

Description of relationship

Bertha Wilson, who graduated from Dalhousie's Faculty of Law and was called to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1957, later became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada

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Johnstone, John Hamilton Lane ([ca. 1890-1973])

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Johnstone, John Hamilton Lane is the graduate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1898

Description of relationship

James Robinson Johnston earned his law degree from Dalhousie in 1898, becoming Dalhousie's first black graduate.

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Bennett, Richard Bedford (1870-1947)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Bennett, Richard Bedford is the graduate of Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1893

Description of relationship

Richard Bedford (R.B.) Bennett graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1893, and became the Prime Minister of Canada in 1930

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Findlay, Allan Charles (1914-1982)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1934-1940

Description of relationship

Allan Findlay was a student and professor in the Faculty of Law.

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Dalhousie University. Board of Governors. (1818-)

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Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Type of relationship

Dalhousie University. Board of Governors. controls Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law.

Dates of the relationship

1883-

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