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Kathryn and the Business Law Clinic

Dear Queen's Law School Supporters,

It is a central part of our mission at Queen's Law to provide students with practical legal training. Our clinical programs give students the chance to respond to the complex needs of a real client in the context of an actual lawyer-client relationship. Under the supervision of expert practitioners, students develop interviewing and advocacy skills, build legal theories and craft strategies for representation, and confront the ethical issues that arise in practice.

Students come to Queen's with passion and ambition

Queen's Business Law Clinic Director, Professor Peter Kissick (second from the right), with Kathryn Houlden and fellow piolot project student caseworkers.One of our newest clinics is the Queen's Business Law Clinic. It began when Kathryn Houlden, Law'09, and classmates Amaan Gangji, Matthew Lui and Andrew Spencer submitted a proposal to me in 2008. I was impressed by their initiative to help small businesses, start-ups and non-profits in Kingston by offering pro bono legal services. I supported a pilot of the Clinic. The pilot was a great success and the Clinic is now a key part of our clinical offerings.

The student teams make a real difference to many Kingston entrepreneurs, small business owners and non-profit directors, who could not otherwise afford legal services. Under the supervision of Clinic Director Professor Peter Kissick, Law'88, LLM'98, of Queen's School of Business, the students draft contracts, incorporation documents, trademark applications and corporate governance agreements.

Queen's provides knowledge and inspires inquiry

The student teams make a real difference to many Kingston entrepreneurs, small business owners and non-profit directors, who could not otherwise afford legal services. Under the supervision of Clinic Director Professor Peter Kissick, Law'88, LLM'98, of Queen's School of Business, the students draft contracts, incorporation documents, trademark applications and corporate governance agreements.

At the weekly seminar, Peter presents short lectures on aspects of the practice of business law. Much of the class time is devoted to discussion of the students' case files and sharing ideas.

Kathryn, now an associate at a national law firm in Toronto, recently reflected, "My experiences at the Clinic confirmed my interest in corporate law and allowed me to gain relevant work experience and develop transferrable skills. I use those skills daily in my current career."

Donors like you ensure the opportunity is available

We have many students at Queen's Law who, like Kathryn and her colleagues, take initiative and help improve the law school's programs. However, to make sure our students receive the best legal education possible, we need your support. Please consider making a gift to the Queen's Law School Fund to ensure that we continue to offer our students the best possible legal education and practical training.

Yours truly,

Bill Flanagan
Dean of Law

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

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