UM Today | Faculty of Law

March 30, 2023 — 

Edwin Arthur Braid, Q.C. (1934 – 2020), or ‘Art’, the significantly-loved former Dean and Professor at Robson Hall, the University of Manitoba’s School of Law, experienced quite a few passions. He was nicely known for his kindness, his determination to intellectual discourse, and his precision and clarity as a teacher, amongst other things. In addition to the multitude of beneficial characteristics associated with him, Art Braid was acknowledged for his affinity for company legislation.

The Enterprise Legislation Team (“BLG”), a pupil team targeted on corporate/commercial legislation at Robson Hall, experienced prolonged been exploring the concept of offering a useful discovering option for pupils interested in a transactional follow. The stars aligned when the BLG learned about generous funding manufactured obtainable for a private regulation levels of competition via the Professor E. Arthur Braid Q.C. Fund.

The inaugural Artwork Braid Small business Law Case Competitors took position on Friday, March 17, 2023. The opposition was hosted at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP’s downtown offices in Correct North Square. This year’s circumstance concentrated on boosting resources for an early-phase, non-public Manitoba engineering enterprise.

The three competition winners in the first photo are (left to right): Kirsten Nynych (1L), Alli Knox (1L), and Zeynep Fattah (1L).

The three competitiveness winners in the first photograph are (remaining to proper): Kirsten Nynych (1L), Alli Knox (1L), and Zeynep Fattah (1L).

The case level of competition was an excellent opportunity to introduce college students to the approach of authorized reasoning, a thing of specific value to Artwork. Teams, manufactured up of 2-4 college students, had been supplied with numerous suggestions for increasing resources, this kind of as issuing new shares, credit card debt financing, residence sale, undertaking funds, and crowdfunding. Pupils were being expected to critique the situation instructions, analyse every single recommendation, and give a advice centered on their lawful evaluation, as if they were counsel for the firm. College students introduced their recommendation to judges, comprised of attorneys from the Manitoba Bar, performing as a “Board of Administrators.”

At the summary of the circumstance levels of competition displays, about 50 law pupils, legal professionals, and articling students collected in TDS’ Northern Lights Lounge for refreshments, remarks, and the announcement of the winning workforce.

Everybody in attendance was lucky to hear remarks from John Stefaniuk, K.C., a husband or wife at TDS, who spoke in a profound and eloquent method about Artwork: who he was, how he lived his everyday living, and what he meant to the Manitoba legal local community. This was an great option for learners, most of whom had been in their initial-calendar year at Robson Hall, to understand additional about Art’s legacy. John shared some of Art’s passionate quotes, accounts of the authentic fascination Art took in just about every and every single university student he encountered, and the resulting fondness that people who understood him knowledgeable.

The competition’s judges created particular be aware that the level of expertise and presentation capacity amid the scholar opponents was demonstrably superior. Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Artwork Braid Small business Regulation Circumstance Competition: Alli Knox (1L), Zeynep Fattah (1L), and Kirsten Nynych (1L). Runners-up provided: Ashveer Sohi (1L), Jaspreet Brar (1L), Eric Moon (1L), and Daniel Rosenthal (1L).

Scholar suggestions from the function has been constructive, and the BLG is enthusiastic by the option to continue on creating this event in the yrs to arrive. In addition to the funding provided for a private legislation competitiveness by the Professor E. Arthur Braid Q.C. Fund, Thomson Reuters, the event’s presenting sponsor, generously assisted with substantial funding contributions.

John Stefaniuk, K.C., a partner at TDS

John Stefaniuk, K.C.

The BLG would like to increase its honest appreciation to the family and close friends of Artwork Braid and people who carry on to assist his legacy as a result of donations in his identify, to Thomson Reuters, presenting sponsor, for its generous funding, to TDS for currently being an great host, to John Stefaniuk, K.C. for his thoughtful remarks, to Dean Jochelson and the Faculty of Legislation for their support, to our judges: Don MacDonald, Kyle Mirecki, Amy Gelhorn, Katie Leung, and Paolo Aquila for the time they took to make this opposition a chance, to the entire BLG Government workforce, primarily Rebecca Penner (2L), Event Coordinator, who committed major energy to producing this celebration a possibility, and to all the learners who competed and introduced this competitors to lifestyle. With no these people and organisations, the Artwork Braid Enterprise Regulation Situation Levels of competition would however only be an thought.

Traditionally, the BLG has organized gatherings exactly where attorneys, articling pupils, and instructors have been invited to communicate on topics this sort of as mergers and acquisitions, individual bankruptcy and insolvency, Indigenous organization, genuine estate, in-property observe, and far more. It is the BLG’s purpose to facilitate training and skilled advancement prospects for the Robson Corridor pupil community on matters associated to corporate/business law.