By Leah Ching, Staff Writer
The challenge for the Thunder Bay community to step up to the plate and donate is in full swing. Former Lakehead University Chancellor Dr. Arthur Mauro has challenged the community to make a gift to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Canada’s newest law school. Situated in Thunder Bay, the Bora Laskin caught Dr. Mauro’s attention and he has pledged with the Mauro Family Foundation to match each gift or pledge received from November until April, dollar for dollar to a maximum of $250,000.
The purpose of the donations will be to establish or improve on existing scholarships, bursaries, and awards for current and future law school students at the Bora Laskin. In a press release, he stated “One of the greatest challenges law students face is the cost of tuition,” He continued by saying “Through scholarship support, we can help students so they can concentrate on their studies and really get involved with the community.”
Lisa Philipps, Interim Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law spoke with the Argus and stated “we are committed at the Bora Laskin to providing the highest quality of legal education to educate our students in whatever field they choose to pursue with their legal education. Whether it be law, politics, governance, or policy, the Bora Laskin is committed to a high quality of education, with of course, a focus on the north.”
She also said “This scholarship provides a huge incentive for people in the city. To know that your donation is being matched dollar for dollar, it’s a great way to encourage people to give.”
The education at the Bora Laskin places focus on Aboriginal Law, Natural Resources, Environmental law, and sole practice law. This education is unique to the school and prepares students for rewarding careers with ample knowledge of many issues pertaining to Northern Ontario.
Second year pre-law student Amanda spoke with the Argus and said “I think this scholarship is huge. As a pre-law student myself, I’ll be writing my LSATS this summer, and applying to the Bora Laskin. Any kind of scholarship or grant would be amazing, and I think Dr. Mauro’s challenge really gives people that extra incentive to feel like their contributions are being matched. It’s really admirable, and I hope people step up to the plate.”