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SLS Statement for the New Year

Welcome back to a new year at the law school! SLS is looking forward to another semester of serving the student interests and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. We would like to take this opportunity to comment on some events that took place last semester.

Last semester, the University of Toronto’s St. George campus experienced discord and upheavals that gave many of us cause for concern. Though we are often insulated from events outside of our Faculty, members of the SLS recognize that our law students are implicated both as fellow members of the broader student community and as members of the groups affected by these events.

The fundamental value to freedom of speech and academic freedom in a democratic society should not be understated. However, appeals to the free discourse of ideas cannot be used to justify discrimination against others on the basis of their individual identities. This is what we feel took place through toxic statements, events, and demonstrations in the fall of 2016.

The SLS stands in solidarity with transgender students who were victims of transphobic hate speech and death threats. The SLS also stands with Jewish students who were victims of anti-Semitic acts of vandalism across campus property.

Further, the SLS stands with black students seeking greater equity on campus and welcomes the UTSU to continue the conversation with the Black Students Association at the University of Toronto and ensure black student voices and perspectives are integrated in UTSU’s activities.

We hope that the University of Toronto will act in the future to prioritize students. Only in a safe, inclusive, and welcome campus for all students, can we truly enjoy the benefits of constructive dialogue and free speech about ideas and goals. We welcome and await the results of the University of Toronto’s fact-finding inquiry into the events that occurred on St. George campus last fall.

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SLS WEEKLY – NOVEMBER 23, 2015

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1) SLS Wiki – Course Summary Database Access

The SLS Wiki contains a database of course summaries, of cover letters and resumes, and a marketplace for textbook exchange for UofT Law students. You need to be granted access to this website.

To request access, please email sls.law@utoronto.ca, with the subject line “SLS Wiki Access”. You should hear back within 1 business week.

We encourage you to request access sooner than later as the SLS will not check communications during exams.

Click here for a list of valuable websites for exams, papers, and other law-related resources!

 

2) Call to the Bar

Come take a break from studying and join us for the last pub night before exams! It will take place at the Fox and Fiddle (280 Bloor Street West) on Thursday November 26th at 10pm. Accessible washrooms are located inside. Find the event on Facebook here

Final Pub Night of 2015: Our final pub night of the semester will take place on Monday, December 21st at Sneaky Dee’s.

* Please note: The SLS will be not be checking communications frequently during the exam period and winter break, from the period of December 5, 2015 to January 4, 2016.

SLS WEEKLY – NOVEMBER 16, 2015

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1) SLS Wiki – Course Summary Database

The SLS Wiki contains a database of course summaries, of cover letters and resumes, and a marketplace for textbook exchange for UofT Law students. You need to be granted access to this website.

To request access, please email sls.law@utoronto.ca, with the subject line “SLS Wiki Access”. You should hear back within 1 business week.

We encourage you to request access sooner than later as the SLS will not check communications frequently during exams.

2) Call to the Bar

Come join us for pub night this week at 10pm on Thursday November 19th at Toby’s (411 College St.)! An accessible washroom is located right next door inside Sneaky Dee’s (431 College St.) on the main floor. Find the event on Facebook here

SLS WEEKLY – NOVEMBER 9, 2015

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1) SLS By-Election

SLS is holding a by-election to fill the two vacant 3L Social Affairs positions. If you are interested in running, please email elections.sls@gmail.com. Nominations close Friday, November 13, at 5:00pm.

Voting will take place Monday, November 16 until Wednesday, November 18 at lunch outside the Birge Carnegie reading room.

2) Financial Aid Committee Meeting

The Financial Aid Committee will be meeting this week to discuss financial aid matters, including access to financial aid data, access to credit, the financial aid calculator, and how the financial aid system can be improved in general. The Students’ Law Society invites students to come to the upcoming SLS meeting on Monday, November 9th at 12:30pm in Flavelle House to provide feedback regarding these important issues.

Students who are unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to send their comments with respect to financial aid matters directly to the SLS atsls.law@utoronto.ca.

3) Call to the Bar

Pub night this week will take place at 10pm on Thursday November 12th at Croc Rock (240 Adelaide St W). Come join us for drinks, good conversation, and karaoke with a live band! Accessible washrooms are located inside. Find the event on Facebook here.

SLS WEEKLY – OCTOBER 26

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1) SLS Coffee House TODAY!

Join us for coffee, tea, and snacks TODAY from 5-7pm in the Victoria College Chapel. Professor Niblett and Professor Phillips will MC as your classmates showcase their many talents!

If you are interested in performing, please sign up here. Find the event on Facebook here.

2) SLS Halloween Party – October 29th

The SLS Halloween Party is coming up this Thursday! Is your costume ready? Have you bought your ticket yet? We are extending advance ticket sales until THURSDAY AFTERNOON! After midnight tonight, student tickets will be going up to $10 (guest tickets will stay at $15). We will be continuing to sell tickets on Tilt until Thursday at 2pm AND we will be selling tickets outside the reading room Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Don’t forget – you can buy student tickets at the door for $10 but you can ONLY buy guest ticket IN ADVANCE.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

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Note
– There will be no pub night or SLS Weekly sent over reading week. The next SLS Weekly will be November 9th, and the next pub night will be November 12th.
 We hope you have a great week off!

SLS WEEKLY – OCTOBER 19, 2015

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1) Faculty Council Meeting re: Financial Aid and Accessibility

The second Faculty Council meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 12:30pm in FA2 (Solarium). This meeting is of special interest to students and the SLS encourages all students to attend. The annual tuition and financial accessibility discussion will take place, where the Dean hears feedback from faculty and students in advance of his recommendation on tuition rates to the central U of T administration. The Faculty Council is the governing body of the law school. All students are welcome to attend.

2) SLS Halloween Party – October 29th

It’s time for the annual SLS Halloween Party, held at Victoria College on Thursday evening (instead of pub night)! Doors open at 9:30 PM on Thursday, October 29th and the party will continue until 1 AM. Tickets are $7 for students. TICKET PRICES INCREASE TO $10 AT THE DOOR FOR STUDENTS. Bring cash, Student ID and government issued photo ID!

Law students may bring one non-law guest, who must be 19 or older, bring photo ID, have an advance ticket and come with their law student host. Tickets for guests are $15.

Advance ticket sales are open now. Follow this link to buy your tickets. There is a separate link to click if you are buying a student ticket or a ticket for your guest. Advanced tickets are optional for law students themselves, but are MANDATORY for guests. To repeat: ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR NON-LAW GUESTS.

The advantage of advance tickets — and they are highly recommended — is that they allow you to bypass the cash line at the door and are cheaper!

In past years, costumes have included Mayor Rob Ford, and “a salt and battery,” so be creative with your costumes and be ready for a great time! There will be a photographer at the party to capture all of your amazing costumes!

Halloween Costume Contest:
There will be a winner from each of the three following categories:
(1) Scariest Costume
(2) Best Law Pun
(3) Most Creative
WINNERS will get their ticket price refunded (plus bragging rights)!

**Please keep in mind:
(1) All guests must be 19+ and require government issued photo ID at the door (also bring Student ID and cash!)
(2) Costumes should not be offensive or discriminatory (if you have questions feel free to post them on the event)
(3) You must be identifiable when checked by security at the door (take off your mask, or if you are wearing makeup)
(4) There will be security to make sure everyone has a fun and safe evening, so while there is a cash bar for your beverage needs, we ask that party-goers enjoy responsibly

3) SLS Coffee House

Join us for coffee, tea, and snacks on Monday, October 26th from 5-7 p.m. in the Victoria College Chapel. Professor Niblett and Professor Phillips will MC as your classmates showcase their many talents!

If you are interested in performing, please sign up here. Find the event on Facebook here.

4) Call to the Bar!  **Moved to FRIDAY

Due to Call Day for 2Ls, we have moved Pub Night toFriday, October 23rd at 10pm. The location is still to be determined, but we will put up a sign in Birge on the bulletin with the location and post it on Facebook!!

SLS WEEKLY – OCTOBER 12, 2015

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1) SLS Halloween Party – Thursday, October 29, 9:30PM-1AM

It’s time for the annual SLS Halloween Party, held at Victoria College on Thursday evening (instead of pub night)! Doors open at 9:30 PM on Thursday, October 29th and the party will continue until 1 AM. Tickets are $7 for students. TICKET PRICES INCREASE TO $10 AT THE DOOR FOR STUDENTS. Bring cash, Student ID and government issued photo ID!

Law students may bring one non-law guest, who must be 19 or older, bring photo ID, have an advance ticket and come with their law student host. Tickets for guests are $15.

Advance ticket sales are open now. Follow this link to buy your tickets – http://try.tilt.com/uoftlawhalloween. There is a separate link to click if you are buying a student ticket or a ticket for your guest. Advanced tickets are optional for law students themselves, but are MANDATORY for guests. To repeat: ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR NON-LAW GUESTS.

The advantage of advance tickets — and they are highly recommended — is that they allow you to bypass the cash line at the door and are cheaper!

In past years, costumes have included Mayor Rob Ford, and “a salt and battery,” so be creative with your costumes and be ready for a great time! There will be a photographer at the party to capture all of your amazing costumes!

Halloween Costume Contest:
There will be a winner from each of the three following categories:
(1) Scariest Costume
(2) Best Law Pun
(3) Most Creative
WINNERS will get their ticket price refunded (plus bragging rights)!

**Here are a few notes on the party that you should keep in mind:

(1) All guests must be 19+ and require government issued photo ID at the door (also bring Student ID and cash!)

(2) Costumes should not be offensive or discriminatory (if you have questions feel free to post them on the event)

(3) You must be identifiable when checked by security at the door (take off your mask, or if you are wearing makeup)

(4) There will be security to make sure everyone has a fun and safe evening, so while there is a cash bar for your beverage needs, we ask that party-goers enjoy responsibly

2) Call to the Bar!

Pub night this week will be at Fox and the Fiddle (280 Bloor St. W.) on Thursday October 15th at 10pm. Come join us for drinks, conversation, and karaoke!

Press Release: SLS Endorses the Zhuk/Singh Proposal for UTSU Board Reform

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Press Release: SLS Endorses the Zhuk/Singh Proposal for UTSU Board Reform
Monday, October 5th, 2015

For Immediate Release:

The Student Affairs and Government representatives of the Student Law Society have voted unanimously to endorse the Zhuk/Singh Board Reform proposal, otherwise known as Plan B, for approval at the annual general meeting of the University of Toronto Students’ Union to be held at 5:30 PM on October 7th in the OISE Auditorium.

Having acceded to the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) last year, the UTSU is required to overhaul the structure of its Board of Directors in order to comply with the provisions of the new statute. Since virtually all SLS members are also fee-paying members of the UTSU, the SLS is anxious to ensure that the interests of law students are upheld throughout this process.

The SLS has met and considered in detail the two proposals submitted by UTSU members for the restructuring of its Board. The official position of the SLS on the matter is as follows:

The SLS endorses the Zhuk/Singh proposal because:

  1. It creates a new position of Vice-President for Professional Faculties within the UTSU Executive Committee to advocate for the interests of professional faculty students, including law students.
  2. It permits divisional student societies such as the Students Law Society to choose their UTSU Board representatives via their own electoral processes.

The SLS believes that it is crucial to the preservation of law students’ autonomy and decision-making power that they be allowed to select their representative on the UTSU Board internally. Electing this representative during the well-publicized March elections for other SLS positions will also allow law students to be more directly engaged in UTSU matters that affect them. The SLS further encourages as many of its members as possible to attend the UTSU AGM in order to ensure that their voices are heard.

For further information, please contact:

SLS President Andrew Wang – andrewp.wang@mail.utoronto.ca
SLS STaG Vice-President Evan Rankin – evan.rankin@mail.utoronto.ca
1L Representative Aidan Fishman – aidan.fishman@mail.utoronto.ca

 

SLS at the UTSU Annual General Meeting 2015

The UTSU, a campus-wide students’ union that collects slightly less than $200 from each JD student per semester, is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the main auditorium of OISE, adjacent to the St. George TTC station.

Important structural questions are being considered that will have an impact on law students’ autonomy and decision-making power. The SLS encourages all available students to attend, and has released the following statement:

“The Student Affairs and Government representatives of the Student Law Society have voted unanimously to endorse the Zhuk/Singh Board Reform proposal, otherwise known as Plan B, for approval at the annual general meeting of the University of Toronto Students’ Union to be held at 5:30 PM on October 7th in the OISE Auditorium.

Having acceded to the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) last year, the UTSU is required to overhaul the structure of its Board of Directors in order to comply with the provisions of the new statute. Since virtually all SLS members are also fee-paying members of the UTSU, the SLS is anxious to ensure that the interests of law students are upheld throughout this process.

The SLS has met and considered in detail the two proposals submitted by UTSU members for the restructuring of its Board. The official position of the SLS on the matter is as follows:

The SLS endorses the Zhuk/Singh proposal because:

i. It creates a new position of Vice-President for Professional Faculties within the UTSU Executive Committee to advocate for the interests of professional faculty students, including law students.

ii. It permits divisional student societies such as the Students Law Society to choose their UTSU Board representatives via their own electoral processes.

The SLS believes that it is crucial to the preservation of law students’ autonomy and decision-making power that they be allowed to select their representative on the UTSU Board internally. Electing this representative during the well-publicized March elections for other SLS positions will also allow law students to be more directly engaged in UTSU matters that affect them.

The SLS further encourages as many of its members as possible to attend the UTSU AGM in order to ensure that their voices are heard.”

For further information, please contact:

SLS President Andrew Wang – andrewp.wang@mail.utoronto.ca
SLS StAG Vice-President Evan Rankin – evan.rankin@mail.utoronto.ca
1L Representative Aidan Fishman – aidan.fishman@mail.utoronto.ca

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SLS WEEKLY – OCTOBER 5, 2015

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1) StAG and Social Meetings this week

StAG – The StAG meeting is being held today, October 5th at 12:30pm in the SLS Office in Flavelle. Our meetings are open to all students so feel free to stop by! The tentative agenda can be found here (updated Sunday evenings prior to the meetings).

Social – Because of OCIs, there will be no Social meeting this Thursday. The next Social meeting will be held onOctober 15th at 12:30pm in the SLS Office in Flavelle. The tentative agenda can be found here (updated Wednesday evenings prior to the meetings).

Minutes for both StAG and Social Affairs meetings can be found here.

2) Faculty Council Meeting

The first Faculty Council meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 7th at 12:30pm in FA2 (Solarium). All students are welcome to attend. The Faculty Council is the governing body of the law school and is chaired by the Dean of the law school. Membership includes all full-time faculty members, the Chief Law Librarian, the Assistant Dean, elected student representatives (StAG members), and two graduate students.

3) SLS Summer Fellows of 2015

We invite you to take a few minutes to read about the experiences of the 2015 SLS Fellows – Michelle Hayman, Kate Shao, and Lara Yeo. Learn more about the SLS Public Interest Advocacy Summer Fellowships here.

4) Trivia Competition – Begins next week!

This is the last week to sign up for the annual UofT Law lunchtime trivia competition. Join your fellow students and your professors by signing up here and joining the Facebook group for more information. The first game will be on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30-2pm in VC 323.

5) SLS Email List

It has come to our attention that some students have not been receiving SLS emails. If this is the case, we ask you to please send an email to studentslawsociety@gmail.com with the subject line of “Add to Listserve” and your year (1L/2L/3L). It is important that you do receive these communications as they include important Student Governance and Social Affairs information relevant to you. Please note that SLS communications are also available on the SLS website.

6) SLS Halloween Party – Save the date!

The SLS Halloween Party will be taking place on Thursday, October 29th. More information about ticket sales coming soon. Start brainstorming costume ideas!

7) Call to the Bar – Friday this week!

Pub night this week will take place at 10pm on Friday, October 9th at Scotland Yard (located at 56 The Esplanade). Come join us in celebrating the 2L’s completing the OCIs!

*Pub nights will go back to being on Thursdays starting next week