Pre-convocation cocktail reception

On May 27, the Class of 1965 invited the graduating Class of 2015 for cocktails at the Faculty Club. Alumni young and old mingled with friends, family and well-wishers. Dean Daniel Jutras gave a short speech, introducing Cookie Lazarus, BCL’ 65, who shared with the guests some of the lessons he’s learned over his storied 50-year career. We’ve interviewed Mr Lazarus and we have his complete Twelve Lessons for viewing.

For photos of Law’s 2015 Spring Convocation on May 28, jump down lower on this page, or view the complete album on the Faculty’s Facebook page.

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The wonderful hosts of the 2015 Pre Convocation cocktail for the graduating Class of 2015: the Class of 1965
The wonderful hosts of the 2015 Pre Convocation cocktail for the graduating Class of 2015: the Class of 1965! Standing: Ian Harris, Ed Aronoff, Anthony Masi (McGill Provost), Peter Casey, David Marler, Jeffrey Talpis, Duncan McNeill, and Daniel Jutras (Dean of Law). Seated: Manon Vennat, Cookie Lazarus, Elizabeth Nettles, Jean-André Elie, and Warren Black

2015 Law Spring Convocation

This year, the address was given by Professor Martti Koskenniemi, who was awarded the LL.D. distinction during the convocation ceremony. He spoke about how “law is meant to realize the happiness of human beings… is the science of the flourishing of the human community.” You can watch his address here:

The McGill Alumni office also interviewed Martti Koskenniemi for his advice for all McGill alumni:

You can relive the ceremony on McGill’s BcoolTV channel. Among the highlights, Professor Frédéric Bachand was awarded this year’s John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award by the Law Student Association (starts at 00:31:00) after being introduced by Professor Angela Campbell. David Groves, BCL/LLB’15, was this year’s valedictorian and gave a humourous speech about the beauty of failure (starts at 01:13:15). Finally, you can listen to Dean Daniel Jutras boiling down his thoughts on “learning to think like a lawyer” to “learning to think” and, finally, to simply “learning” (starts at 01:43:50).
View the Webcast (using Silverlight). Download the .MP3 (sound only), .WMV, or .MP4


Pre Convocation reception photos: Nicolas Morin.

Convocation day photos: Lysanne Larose.