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Our alumni make a difference.

QL60 LogoAmong the many ways they give back to Queen's is by contributing to our bursary programs. For our 60th anniversary, we created a special initiative to encourage just that: the QL60 campaign.

It was launched by Dean Flanagan at Homecoming 2017, and for nine months, we've been encouraging our alumni to support our students in need by helping fund our bursary programs.

Our final eight weeks of the campaign, in March and April 2018, are being marked by a weekly series of emails to celebrate the alumni who give back and the students we're helping succeed.

On this page, we'll be sharing some of the testimonials and videos from this campaign -- and celebrating our successes as we get ever closer to our $600,000 goal.


Final Day! April 30, 2018

We're sagely leaving the final word in this campaign to one of the most storied professors at Queen's Law -- Nick Bala, Law'77, himself the creator of a bursary fund (the Nick Bala bursary) and a strong supporter of bursary programs in general.

Nick Bala

“From my many years of experience, it’s often the students in the ‘big middle’ of the class that go on to be great lawyers and serve society.

That’s why I’m a supporter of this and other bursary funds: if we are to maintain diversity at our school, anyone with the ability to join Queen’s Law should never be prevented from attending. Our donors are often the unsung heroes, and their generosity supports the unsung heroes of the justice system – who weren’t always the top of their class.”

Nick Bala, Law'77
Professor, Queen's Law
Kingston, Ontario

Week Eight - April 24, 2018

As we enter our final week, we're happy to see a surge of support from Queen's Law on Bay Street, including champions like alumnus and Chair of our Moot Advisory Council, Peter Griffin, Law'77.

Peter Griffin

“A law degree from Queen’s exposed me to fascinating work, gifted colleagues and an opportunity to ‎give a chance to smart young people to do the same. Support of the QL60 Bursary Campaign creates opportunities for new young lawyers to receive the superb legal education and practical training that the law school provides. They are, in my world, the advocates of the future.”

Peter Griffin, Law’77
Partner, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Toronto, Ontario

Seven - April 16, 2018

International alumni are strong contributors to the QL60 campaign, and we celebrate them and their contributions to a successful bursary campaign this week! With graduates working across the globe, Queen's Law enjoys increasing international renown. We have a strong and growing voice internationally, with global alumni giving back to QL60 to support a culture of "tolerance and fairness" that they remember as a key part of the Queen's Law experience.

Margaret Waddell

“My education at Queen’s has been the best investment that I have made. When I was a student, I needed and received financial assistance. Contributing to the QL60 Bursary Campaign is a way to return the favour and ensure that other students have the same opportunity that I did years ago.”

Mark Friedland, Law’87
Managing Director, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Orion Energy Partners
New York, New York, U.S.A.

Morrison Quote

“Queen’s Law prepared me for success in an environment where being open to diverse viewpoints and experiences is essential. Working outside of Canada makes you realize how much this tolerance and sense of fairness is part of the DNA at Queen’s. Donating to the Dean's fund to help increase access for the next generation of law students, is one way to give back."

Robert Morrison, Law’86
Deputy General Counsel, Praxair, Inc.
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.A.


Week Six - April 9, 2018

Meet Jason -- an example of the kind of grit and determination that Queen's Law students show, and that QL60 is meant to encourage.

Screnshot: Jason Mercredi video


With traditional strengths in Criminal and Family Law, it's no wonder that many Queen's Law graduates have gone on to distinguished careers in public service -- and are coming out as strong supporters of QL60, including the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario:

David Wake


Week Five - April 3, 2018

We take a look out west, where our alumni have been generously supporting this campaign from the start.

Karen R. Nixon, Law '82

Week Four - March 27, 2018

Corporate and in-house counsel are the focus of this week of the campaign, highlighting their amazing support as part of the Queen's Law community.

Meghan Robertson


Week Three - March 20, 2018

Our young alumni are a vital part of Queen's Law, and it's amazing to see alumni who seemed to only be here yesterday already contributing to current students' success.

Julia Webster Law '13

“Queen's Law gave me a strong educational foundation to begin my legal career. I’m donating to the Queen’s Law bursary to help provide the same opportunity to prospective law students.”

Julia Webster, Law’13, Associate, Bennett Jones – Toronto, Ontario

Week Two - March 12, 2018

A video featuring Shelby, one of our 1L students whose lives have been changed by bursary support at Queen's Law:

Shelby Video for Fundraising Campaign

Margaret Waddell

“Supporting the QL60 Bursary Campaign was a no-brainer.

“High tuition costs are now creating a significant barrier to legal education for talented and highly qualified students.

“If we, as a profession, want to ensure that the best and the brightest students can access a top-quality legal education like that offered by Queen’s Faculty of Law, then we need to ensure that the costs of that education are not preventing these students from joining our ranks.”

Margaret Waddell, Law’87
Partner, Waddell Phillips
Toronto, Ontario

Queen's tricolour flag

“We are very pleased to support the QL60 Bursary campaign that will lower the financial barriers to the study and practice of law. When the two of us met in our first year at Queen’s Law in 1977, we were paying annual tuition costs of under $1,000; today it is a staggering $20,000! This bursary program is essential if we want to keep the profession accessible to all academically qualified students.”    

Peter Rekai, Law’80, and Eleanor Somerleigh, Law’80
Partners, Rekai LLP
Toronto, Ontario



Week One - March 6, 2018

Dean Bill Flanagan. Photo: Greg Black

"This year, during our 60th anniversary celebrations, we've identified an ambitious target. We want to enhance the financial aid that we're able to offer our students with financial need. We're very proud of the diverse array of students we are able to draw to Queen's, but many of our students do come here with financial need. We want to do more to help.

And so during our 60th anniversary, we’re raising over $600,000 to build our endowment in support of students with financial need. With nine weeks left in this campaign, we're well on our way to meeting our target. I'm delighted with the alumni who have supported us. Join me in this campaign, so we can top $600,000 and celebrate 60 years of success at Queen’s Law."

- Dean Bill Flanagan, Queen's Law