UWindsor Law Students Engage with 20 Distinguished Judges of the Province’s Highest Court

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WINDSOR, Ont. — The Court of Appeal for Ontario joined over 200 law students at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law on Oct. 27 during their outreach program.   

The day featured many events where students interacted with the Judges of the Court. 

This included several breakout panel discussions on legal topics of interest, offering students and faculty members a chance to engage with Judges from the Court and delve into matters pertinent to students' legal education and prospective careers. 

Topics included Access to Justice, Advocacy, Clerking, and Criminal Law where students could ask questions and have an open dialogue with the Judges.   

"Students and faculty were honoured at the unique opportunity to engage in deep conversations with the Judges of the Court of Appeal, who are among the leading legal minds in the country.  The feedback from students was that they will carry this experience with them for the rest of their legal education into their careers,” said Dean Bahdi.  

The Court of Appeal Judges had the chance to meet President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Gordon, Chancellor Mary Jo Haddad, Dean Reem Bahdi, and the Windsor Law faculty during their visit to Windsor Law. 

While speaking with law students inside the newly built Don Rodzik Moot Court, the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch, Chief Justice of Ontario, told those gathered “I see clearly that this is a building that speaks to a commitment on the part of Windsor Law to create an environment and a legal education that represents its student body, now and well into the future.” 

Chief Justice Tulloch further encouraged students to “stick to the path of cooperation and dedication to ensure that our justice system is responsive, accessible, and reflective of society.” 

Informal conversations with the faculty provided Court members with valuable insight into the diverse range of ongoing research and teaching initiatives at Windsor Law.  

This is the first visit from the Court of Appeal to the newly transformed Ron W. Ianni Building. Their prior visit occurred at the former Windsor Law building back in 2011. 

The Court of Appeal is the senior court for Ontario, hearing appeals from the province’s two trial courts: the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. 

This event rolled into the Transforming Windsor Law Reopening & Celebration featuring a weekend full of lively events with Windsor Law alumni, community members, donors, dignitaries and more.