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Faculty of Law honours teaching excellence and outstanding supporters

UToday HomeMarch 20, 2013

By Ali Abel

Bill Smith, left, is handed the W.K. Moore Award by Ian Holloway, dean of the Faculty of Law. Photo courtesy James Michael Paul PhotographyBill Smith, left, is handed the W.K. Moore Award by Ian Holloway, dean of the Faculty of Law. Photo courtesy James Michael Paul PhotographyThe downtown campus was buzzing with excitement on March 7 as the Faculty of Law held its annual reception.

One of the biggest events of the year for the law school, this was a chance to honour all donors, celebrate teaching excellence and outstanding commitments to the school, and to provide donors with an opportunity to meet the students who receive their awards.

Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton was awarded the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2011-2012 academic year. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates a prolonged high level of teaching performance, teaching methodology and contribution to curriculum. Watson Hamilton was a co-winner of the award in 2008, and is the first faculty member to win the award twice.

Bill Smith, founding partner of Findlay Smith LLP, was awarded the W.K. Moore Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made a substantial contribution and ongoing commitment to the law school. Among his other contributions, Bill has been a member of the law school’s admissions committee for many years.

Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton, right, receives the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, from Faculty of Law dean Ian Holloway. Photo courtesy James Michael Paul PhotographyProfessor Jonnette Watson Hamilton, right, receives the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, from Faculty of Law dean Ian Holloway. Photo courtesy James Michael Paul Photography“There is a long list of outstanding alumni from the Faculty of Law, and it’s a tremendous honour to be considered one of them and to receive this award,” said Smith.

In addition to the awards, two major new donations to the Faculty of Law’s Campaign for Calgary Law were announced. Norton Rose Canada LLP has donated $750,000 to establish the International Energy Lawyers Initiative, and Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP has given $525,000 to create what will be the most valuable undergraduate law scholarship in Canada.

“The donor reception is one of the most important events in the law school’s calendar,” said Calgary Law Dean Ian Holloway. “It allows us to publicly thank all those who give so generously to allow us to move forward in our ambition to continue to be the law school of choice for students, faculty and employers.”

 

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