University of Calgary

Connecting on the coast

UToday HomeMay 8, 2012

Alumni, guests from law firms and government, current students articling in B.C. and future students who will begin at the University of Calgary in the fall attended two successful law school alumni events in Victoria and Vancouver recently.

The guest of honour at the Victoria reception was John McLaren, the first dean of the law school. The host of the Vancouver reception was Debra Finlay, LLB ’92, who offered remembrances about her student days and how her legal training has helped her achieve success. The dean of the law school, Ian Holloway, the director development Karen Hill-Chow and career services advisor Maryanne Forrayi all travelled to the coast for the events.

“It was a thrill to meet so many members of the Calgary Law family on the West Coast,” says Holloway. “Calgary Law is more and more a national law school. These wonderful events stand as proof of that.” He says the receptions allow the law school to connect with alumni, to meet prospective new students, and to develop new friendships.

“The most impressive aspect of the evening was noticing the influence that the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Law have in Vancouver,” says Shaun Driver, an alumnus who emceed the Vancouver reception. “It was impressive to recognize not just the quantity of people who contribute to the Vancouver legal market, but to have the time to hear about the quality of their work.”

Alumni receptions help to celebrate the recent successes of our faculty and communicate the overall vision and ambitions for the future and help us in building stronger relationships with our alumni.

“The buzz in the room was incredible,” says career advisor Maryanne Forrayi of the Vancouver reception. “What I value from these alumni receptions is the opportunity to reconnect with alumni to hear the exciting things they are doing in their careers right now.”

Alumni and friends are important ambassadors who offer valuable connections within the legal profession and provide our faculty with an opportunity to reconnect with them to find out more about their careers and how we might work with them in the future.