Alumni

It is important to us to keep in touch with Alumni; we want you to be informed of new developments at the Faculty of Law, and we are always interested to know what you are doing close to home and around the world.

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Share your news and views as well as keep in touch with old classmates and other alumni.
Send your news and photos by email or by mail to Robson Hall, 224 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2.

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Apply for J.D. Designation

In May 2011, Robson Hall Faculty of Law announced that it would change the name of our law degree from Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) to Juris Doctor (J.D.) after approval of the University of Manitoba Senate. All past recipients of the LL.B. degree designation now have the opportunity to choose to switch their LL.B. to a J.D. degree designation.

Apply for Designation Change

As of January 6, 2012, J.D. parchments for alumni, who request them will be issued following submission of an application.

The application form, for those wishing to make the designation change, can be printed, filled out and returned to the university’s Registrar’s Office with payment of $70 (subject to annual review). You will be issued a new parchment with the Juris Doctor (J.D.) designation.

Your original LL.B. parchment must be returned before a new J.D. parchment can be issued. If your original parchment has been lost/stolen/destroyed/damaged please also complete the Request for Replacement Parchment form. * Please note: this form along with the application should be submitted at the same time. There is only the one-time fee of $70.

Majority Support

The change is the result of significant consultations with Faculty, Students, Alumni and our broader community, and is in line with trends across Canada. The first student vote, in 2009, revealed a strong desire to change the name of our degree. A second student vote, held in 2010, revealed nearly unanimous support. Alumni from various decades were surveyed, and responded positively, with approximately three quarters in favour of the name change.

Why the Change?

The J.D. designation is felt by many to better represent the fact that law degrees in Canada are almost always second degrees. As well, for Canadian law graduates, there is a competitive advantage to the J.D. title, seen more as a professional degree, over the LL.B. title, more likely to be perceived as an undergraduate degree.

In Memoriam

Some of the greatest minds in Canadian legal history have passed through the doors of the Manitoba Law School, known today as Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Many quietly went about the business of defending human rights, fighting for equality and freedom from oppression. The legal community holds their memories dear and celebrates their contributions to helping others. We wish to pay tribute to Manitoba Law School and Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba Alumni who have gone before us, leaving incredible legacies for us to remember and strive to do them proud.

Please let us know by email of any errors, omissions or updates to these lists.

*indicates a former professor of the Faculty of Law

2018
Alan A. Adams LLB/47 Jan. 15
Andrew B. Mazor BA/54, LLB/58 Feb. 3
Harvey C. Korman LLB/71 Mar. 3
Walter L. Karlicki BA/55, LLB/59 Mar. 8
James A. Horne BA/69, LLB/72 Mar. 16
Gregory J. Welch LLB/73 Mar. 19
Morton A. Slusky BA/48, LLB/51 Mar. 23
Douglas D. Everett LLB/51, LLD/2017 Mar. 27
Thomas G. Hague BA/69, LLB/73 Mar. 28
Saul M. Cherniack LLB/39 Mar. 30
Jack P. Drapack BA/62, LLB/69 Apr. 4
Helen I. Blonski LLB/85 Apr. 5
Vern Simonsen LLB/59 Apr. 8
Calla-Ann T. Coughlan LLB/08 Apr. 12
Alvin S. Corne LLB/55 Apr. 15
Mark R.T. Adkins LLB/99 May 11
Hon. Gordon J. Barkman LLB/51 May 14
Hon. Robyn Diamond LLB/75 May 29
* Roland Penner BA/49, LLB/61 May 31
2017
Christopher A. Brock BA/81, LLB/84 Jan. 8
Charles A. Evans LLB/56 Jan. 23
Hon. Daniel P. Kennedy BA/63, LLB/65 Jan. 28
Hon. Wallace M. Darichuk LLB/60 Jan. 29
F. Ann (Warbanski) Bailey LLB/77 Feb. 13
John P. Wolfe LLB/54 Feb. 26
Anthony P. Pittarelli BA/53, LLB/63 Mar. 10
Darren M. Sawchuk BA/86, LLB/89 Mar. 18
* A. Burton “Burtie” Bass LLB/57 Mar. 29
Hon. Armand Dureault BA (LatPh)/49, LLB/53 Apr. 16
* Norman G. Larsen BA/56, CertEd/65, LLB/68 Apr. 26
Hon. Daniel C. Abbott BA/58, LLB/62 May 14
* Michael M. Park May 17
William “Billy” Abrams BA/50, LLB/54 May 25
Alexander Brown BSc/58, LLB/62 May
Aaron L. Berg LLB/76 June 1
Hershel E. Wolch BComm/62, LLB/65 July 17
David C. Golub BA/71, LLB/74 Aug. 4
Hon. William “Bill” Blakeman Scarth LLB/61, LLM/70 Aug. 9
Hartley P. Gale LLB/55 Aug. 14
Philip A. Heiland BA/52, LLB/56 Aug. 15
Gerard J. Roozendaal LLB/61 Aug. 25
Thomas H. Scott LLB/57 Sept. 9
Mario Joseph Albert Perreault BA/58, LLB/62 Sept. 11
Allen W. Yost BSc/68, LLB/81 Sept. 13
Brian H. Forrest BA/70, LLB/73 Sept. 19
James W. Potter BSc/61, LLB/65 Sept. 22
Fermie S. Wilder LLB/80 Oct. 2
Andrew P. Kelly LLB/88 Nov. 1
Douglas W. Buhr BA/71, LLB/74 Nov. 20
Eric B. Irwin LLB/79 Nov. 24
Randall W. Callan BA/74, LLB/82 Nov. 26
Hon. Benjamin Hewak BA/56, LLB/60, LLD/03 Dec. 21
2016
Alan J. Ross LLB/78 Jan. 12
George J. Federsel LLB/75 Jan. 31
John S. Lamont, Q.C. BA/49, LLB/52 Feb. 17
Hon. Kristjan F. Stefanson BA/66, LLB/69 Mar. 2
Walter “Oleh” Romaniw, Q.C. BA/66, LLB/69 Mar. 7
Ronald Friesen BA/61, BSW/63, MSW/64, LLB/78 Mar. 14
Robert A. “Bob” Mayer, Q.C. BA/66, LLB/69 Apr. 5
George Funk BA/74, LLB/77 Apr. 23
Robert D. “Bob” Watson MA/76, LLB/82 May 3
Sidney N. Lachter LLB/64 May 12
Anatole “Tony” Stratychuk LLB/54 May 13
Norman A. Cuddy BA/71, LLB/74 June 6
David M. Sanders BA/67, MA/87, LLB/98 June 12
Sam Steel LLB/70 June 23
Keith I.M. Heming, Q.C. LLB/76 July 5
Hon. Raymond H. Harris LLB/56 July 15
Robert C. Cullen BA/52, LLB/56 Aug. 1
Robert W. McMechan BA/72, LLB/77 Aug. 7
Brian G.J. McCombe BA/56, LLB/61 Aug. 15
James F.C. Rose BComm (Hons)/74, LLB/78 Sept. 21
David B. Kovnats LLB/76 Sept. 24
Aubrey M. Rusen LLB/58 Oct. 6
Frank L. Cvitkovitch BA/57, LLB/61 Oct. 24
Douglas C. Calder LLB/51 Nov.
John L. Vergin BSc (EE)/44, LLB/53 Nov. 3
Marley S. Dash BA/74, LLB/78 Nov. 4
A. Rolph Huband BComm/51, LLB/55 Nov. 20
Richard N. Samson BA/48, LLB/52 Dec. 9
Stanley M. Swiderski LLB/54 Dec. 12
William G. Ryall BA/63, LLB/67 Dec. 20
Lowell M. Harvey LLB/87 Dec. 24
2015
Donna M. Thompson LLB/87 Jan. 1
Dennis J. Gibbs BA/58, LLB/62 Jan. 29
George S. “Stan” Farwell BA/52, LLB/56 Feb. 5
Alexander A. Sarchuk BA/51, LLB/56 Feb. 18
Mary J. Beehler LLB/76, CA/87 Feb. 19
Morley R. Gorsky BA/49, LLB/53 Feb. 23
Roy B. Dunlop BA/52, LLB/56 Mar. 25
Donna M. Nilson LLB/90 Apr. 6
William C. “Bill” Irish BA/46, LLB/50 Apr. 27
Saul B. “Shelly” Zitzerman BA/56, LLB/60 May 12
David I. “Ian” MacLeod LLB/87 May 13
Ross A.L. Nugent LLB/48, LLM/56 May 30
Henry N. Carroll BA/59, LLB/64 June 19
Grant V.J. Einarson LLB/71 July 2
D. Neil McTavish LLB/68 July 7
Daniel G. “Donald” Wozniak BA/52, LLB/56 July 31
Darryl J. Barber LLB/76 Aug. 3
John N.C. Campbell LLB/85 Aug. 12
Sam Minuk LLB/55 Aug. 13
Stewart A. McCrae LLB/53 Sept. 2
Charles P. Degutis LLB/89 Sept. 14
G.A. James Henderson BA/67, LLB/70 Oct. 5
Neil G. MacKay BA/57, LLB/57 Oct. 20
Jacob L. “Cobber” Henteleff LLB/79 Oct. 21
Wilfred R. DeGraves BA/50, LLB/54 Oct. 23
Sidney G. Segal BA/73, LLB/76 Nov. 4
Peter L. Freeman BA/58, LLB/62 Nov. 18
Bernard S.M. Toni BA/64, LLB/67 Nov. 25
J.F. Reeh Taylor LLB/51 Dec. 2
Jeffrey T. Dodgson LLB/95 Dec. 11
Donald W. Reid LLB/48 Dec. 20
Howard R. Pawley BA/57, LLB/61 Dec. 30
2014
Florence Rosenfeld LLB/45 Jan. 14
Dr. A. Lorne Campbell LLB/47, LLD/77 Jan. 15
Oscar B. Grubert LLB/54 Feb. 11
Judge Robert Lionel Kopstein BA/55, LLB/58 Feb. 28
G. Jack Harris BA/70, LLB/73 March 12
Reginald L.S. Follett LLB/53 March 27
Donna E. Matthews (Dallinger) BA/74, LLB/77, BEd/93 May 2
Leo V. Teillet BA (LatPh)/71, LLB/75 May 9
Percy R. Stapley BA/47, LLB/51 June 3
David Alan Guttman BA/82, LLB/85 July 12
Donald B. Bridge BA/51, LLB/55 July 18
Hon. A.C. Hamilton LLB/50 July 25
Elizabeth A. Thomson BA/80, LLB/83 Aug. 13
Earl L. Parker LLB/75 Sept. 7
Daniel J. Krindle BA/61, LLB/65 Sept. 20
Donald Arni Flatt BA/64, BEd/67, MA/73, LLB/80 Oct. 4
Patrick Randolph O’Laney BA/93, LLB/96 Oct. 4
Robert J. Tropak BSW/75, LLB/91 Oct. 9
William M. Simms BA/52, LLB/56 Oct. 14
John E.N. (Jack) Wilson LLB/50 Oct. 16
Irvin Harvey Slusky LLB/52 Oct. 22
Kenneth A. Filkow BA/62, LLB/66 Oct. 27
Myfanwy Elizabeth Bowman BA/91, LLB/98 Nov. 3
Eli Potkonjak BA/67, LLB/72 Nov. 23
Neil G. MacPhee LLB/50 Dec. 18
Frank J. Baker BA/67, LLB/73 Dec. 29
Ernest G. Johnson LLB/51 Dec. 30
Time Capsule Contents 1969 - 2019

On September 18th, 2019, almost 50 years to the day after Robson Hall, the Faculty of Law building on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus was officially opened, nearly 150 alumni, faculty members, students and staff gathered to mark the occasion.

The Manitoba Law School’s physical move from its traditional home in the downtown law courts building on September 15th, 1969 also marked a major step in the “Great Transition” in legal education in Manitoba. By locating the law school on campus amongst other Faculty buildings, it was the hope of law school administrators at the time, that new inter-faculty collaborations would be fostered, leading to an enriching academic environment for law students and faculty members as well as the rest of the academic community. Eye-witness accounts of the early days at Robson Hall are recorded in the Manitoba Law Journal’s special edition volume 39(1), titled The Great Transition in Legal Education.

A major part of the building’s 50th Anniversary celebrations was the opening of a Time Capsule that had been hidden behind Robson Hall’s date stone on the day of the opening ceremony. With great curiosity, alumni, faculty and students had the opportunity to examine the contents upon Dean Jonathan Black-Branch opening the oblong copper box.

Inside was a copy of the long-defunct Winnipeg Tribune from September 15, 1969, a brass doorknob bearing a bison head, taken from the old law courts building, photos of the student body, the academic, administrative and library staff, a document proposing the building’s needs and plans from 1966, an academic calendar of what courses were being taught at the law faculty for the 1969-1970 school year, a booklet commemorating the opening of Robson Hall, and predictions from staff  members of what they thought the world would be like when the time capsule was finally opened.

After guests had a chance to examine and enjoy the contents, Dean Black-Branch replaced all original items, and added photos of current day faculty, staff and students, plus letters to the future from the current community. By way of offering a toast to the law school’s future success, he added a small bottle of Manitoba-made Crown Royal.

Please take a virtual tour of the original time capsule contents below. A photo gallery of the 2019 Homecoming event is here.

List of Time Capsule Contents.

Order of Proceedings, Opening Ceremony, 1969.

Predictions of faculty members and staff.

Preliminary programme for proposed law faculty building 1966.

Law Faculty calendar 1969-1970.

The Winnipeg Tribune Sept. 15, 1969.

Part of First-Year law class (Class of '72).

 

Part of First-Year law class (Class of '72).

 

 

 

Second Year law class (Class of '71)

 

Third-year law class (Class of '70).

 

Academic Staff, 1969-1970. First Row - Left to Right: J. Clarence-Smith, Dean Edwards, M. Master, R. D. Gibson
Second Row - Left to Right
C. Harvey, B. Starkman, E. A. Braid, J. Sharp, A. B. Bass, K. W. Cheung S.S. Hu
Missing:
G. Dilts, B. Snideman, R. Penner, J. Debicka, G. Nemiroff

 

Administrative Staff 1969-1970
First Row - Left to Right: Millie Freeman, Mary Carey
Second Row - Left to Right:
Joan Permanand, Carol Magnusson, Mary Harsant, Linda Skoropata

 

Library Staff 1969-1970: Sitting (left to right): Carol Sharp, Mr. s. Hu, Reta Craven; Standing (left to right): Jennifer Bradford, Linda Toxopeus, Margaret Hay, Joy Chen, Bonnie Gee ; Missing: Judy Head
Library Staff 1969-1970:
Sitting (left to right): Carol Sharp, Mr. S. Hu, Reta Craven; Standing (left to right): Jennifer Bradford, Linda Toxopeus, Margaret Hay, Joy Chen, Bonnie Gee ; Missing: Judy Head

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