Today, we offer our gratitude. Thanks to all of you who have clicked, shared, liked, retweeted, and otherwise gotten involved with this year’s Law and Social Media project. Special thanks go out to our interviewees, who have braved the camera and taken the time to speak with us.
We’ve had a lot of fun creating these posts and learned a lot in the process. While we’ve occasionally stayed on track with regards to discussing the Constitution Act, 1867, at times, we felt it necessary to broaden the scope of this project, giving you the occasional post about cloned sheep or fictional comic book law. We’ve aimed to strike a balance between educational and entertaining. Learning about a new area of law, concept, or historical figure in order to write competently on such a new topic every week has been a bit of a challenge, but one that has proven to be invigorating.
Special thanks are in order to our academic advisor on this project, Vice Dean Moin Yahya. His unwavering support for this project has facilitated our ability to learn so much over the course of this year.
As for the future of the blog and this semester’s participants, three of us will be concluding our legal studies this month, and will begin the next chapter in our careers. The other two of us will be entering their final year of law school with very demanding schedules and will therefore be unable to continue with next year’s project.
Moving forward, we are pleased to announce that next year’s Law and Social Media project will focus on issues regarding Indigenous people in Canada, specifically the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition to five brand new student bloggers, the Vice Dean will be sharing the responsibility for advising the project with Professor Hadley Friedland. Professor Friedland is a recent addition to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and recent winner of the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She is a widely respected expert on Indigenous legal issues and has spent a considerable amount of time working with these communities.
Once again, we thank you all for your support, and hope to see you engaged for next year’s project, especially considering its importance to Canada’s growth and healing as a country.
Finally, we wish our fellow Canadians an early happy 150th. As future officers of the court, it will be our privilege and our honour to be able to serve our country in this manner.
We Remain Your Humble and Obedient Servants,