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Nothing compares to in-person learning, as two law students enrolled in the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic course found when they gave a presentation at Balmoral Hall on April 12 to Grade 9 Venture Development and Grade 10 Law class students. Having spent the year being mentored as part of the Business Law Clinic (BLC) for-credit course, Taylor Antonchuk (3L) and Janelle Gobin (3L) were excited to become mentors themselves to the 34 high-school students at this second annual collaborative learning experience. April 28, 2022
Thanks to a generous gift from alum L. Kerry Vickar [LL.B./1980], The Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba (UM Law) will finally have a physical space to house its business clinics. Room 113 will now be known as the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic. Operating virtually for the past two years of the pandemic, the Business Law Clinic, under the direction of practicing professional lawyer Nick Slonosky [LLB/1979] and retired faculty member, former Associate Dean (JD) Lisa Fainstein [LLB/ 1979], the clinic has provided law students with hands-on experience advising small business clients while counting as a for-credit course. April 22, 2022
What do you get when you cross two experts, a law school, and a little pandemic era problem-solving? A Law Clinic at U of M has been giving students hands-on, practical experience since 2014. When the pandemic struck, two professors came out of retirement to make sure that law students got experiential practice and business owners got pro-bono legal advice during the pandemic by bringing the Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic virtual. Aired: March 9, 2021
University of Manitoba business law clinic aims to help entrepreneurs, innovators strapped for cash. Online practical course attracted one-third of the law school’s graduating class. Covid-19 pandemic putting a stop to in-class teaching and in-office practice with law firms, students and professors at the University of Manitoba law school knew this year’s version of the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic was going to be different. What they didn’t bargain on is the popularity of a virtual, online interpretation of the clinic.
L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic goes Virtual. At the start of winter term, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law launched a virtual version of its L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic. This new incarnation of the Faculty’s experiential learning course for third-year law students is now operating entirely online as well as collaborating on initiatives with the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Asper School of Business and other organizations.
The Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine’s recent article features our “Made-in-Manitoba” solution and local success story involving the U of M, law students and the totally virtual L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic that is serving to help others in the community on a totally pro bono basis.
The L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic will be presenting on May 12 at The Forum, a three-day conference for the National Network of Clinics for the Arts held from May 11- May 13. You can register to attend through the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts’ webpage.
The L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic got great coverage in Terry Davidson’s article, Virtual University of Manitoba legal clinic seeks to help struggling businesses in Lawyers Daily. If any good has come out of the pandemic for Manitoba’s Robson Hall law school, it has been the birth of a virtual, student-run legal clinic for struggling small businesses, non-profits and other similar ventures needing pro bono advice.
University of Manitoba 2021 Gratitude Report
The University of Manitoba recently recognized the outstanding experience our Clinic provides to the future lawyers of Manitoba in their 2021 Gratitude Report. By “providing remote assistance to anyone in Manitoba with an internet connection, the clinic gives students the opportunity to experience the practical aspects of corporate and commercial law, carried out with professional responsibility and a sense of public obligation.”