Sheila Murray, Law '82, Dean's Council Chair
After four years on the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Council, I am still continually surprised and humbled by the depth of consideration and commitment shown by my fellow Queen’s Faculty of Law alumni.
It’s something I experience at alumni events, and through my interactions with students both past and present through the Council. Tangible proof can be found in the level of support that Law has found among its alumni, friends, and corporate partners, and how it has been outperforming its Initiative Campaign targets for the past three years.
“Return on investment” is a concept that applies in several ways to the Faculty of Law. First, the fact that our Queen’s law degree is an investment that serves as the cornerstone of many of our successes today. We learned about the law in an environment that fostered rigorous thought, diligent hard work, and strong social and leadership skills, and those intangibles have never ceased to serve us well.
Secondly, the idea that our investment in the Faculty – supporting its significant innovations, its technological advances, and its first-class international and experiential programs – are a way of continually renewing and enhancing the opportunities that our degrees from Queen’s bring us.
And finally, the idea of investing in the next generations of legal professionals, and to Queen’s capacity to shape that future and be a positive influence on society as a whole.
We invest through financial contributions, but also through the generous gifts of time, spirit, and knowledge that mark us as truly committed alumni. With dwindling government support for education, it is more important than ever that we step up and ensure that Queen’s remains the top educational institution we know it to be.
Your support means we keep attracting the best students, educating them with the best faculty, and educating the legal minds that will shape the country. A donation to Queen’s is not only about celebrating the past – it’s about ensuring the future.
William Flanagan, Faculty of Law Dean
I have had the honour to serve as Dean of Queen’s Law for the past 10 years, a period of remarkable developments in all aspects of the school. Thanks to our excellent faculty, dedicated staff, and of course our hard-working students, we have seen the Faculty’s capacities and reputation grow steadily over the last 10 years.
Expanded international study opportunities, more clinics in a dedicated space in downtown Kingston, increased numbers of faculty members, a new PhD program, increased combined degree offerings… these are only some of the advancements the Faculty of Law has made in the last 10 years, and all of this thanks to the support of our alumni, friends, and partners. We have created and implemented a Strategic Framework 2014-2017 to ensure that the Faculty continues to advance and meet both current and future challenges.
It goes without saying that the Queen’s Faculty of Law has had a strong and positive influence in the lives of our 7,000-strong group of alumni. This is confirmed at Homecoming, through our alumni communications, and of course at the events that are held not only across Canada, but around the world. It’s this strength of spirit and shared purpose that has helped us meet and exceed fundraising goals for the past three years running. It is this dedication to not only our school, but to the future of legal education, that ensures our continued success.
The last year has seen some examples of humbling generosity from our alumni and friends, including pledges of over $100,000 from law firms including McMillian, McCarthy Tetrault and Lenczner Slaght, the creation of a new Fellowship by Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP in our Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, and many impressive gifts in excess of $50,000 (including one of $250,000) to support the David Allgood Chair in Business Law. Individual classes continue to impress us with their dedication to class fundraising projects.
The creation of the new Online Giving site by Queen’s University makes it more convenient to show your support for the Faculty, providing alumni with an opportunity to review the giving opportunities available to them. Every gift to the law school, no matter the amount, is a pledge to continue quality legal education in the unique environment that Queen’s offers.
On behalf of the faculty and our students – past, present, and future – I offer my profound thanks for your interest in the school and your generous support of it.