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Ryerson University announces renaming of Faculty of Law

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School pays tribute to the Honourable Lincoln Alexander’s legacy as a leader in the fight for racial equality, a champion of education and youth, and a trailblazer in Canadian history

TORONTO, April 7, 2021 – Ryerson University has just announced its newly launched Faculty of Law will be renamed the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University. The renaming will be made official at an inaugural year-end celebration, which will take place virtually on May 6, 2021. 

A brilliant lawyer and distinguished public servant, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander (1922 – 2012) was the first Black person to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons, to serve as a federal Cabinet Minister, and to be appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, where he played a key role in promoting multiculturalism, championing education, and advancing youth leadership.

In his provincial, federal, public, and private roles, Mr. Alexander also consistently advocated for the equal treatment of Black people and the importance of embracing equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian society. For his many contributions, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada and to the Order of Ontario.

The renaming of Ryerson’s Faculty of Law is a momentous occasion and will mark the culmination of Ryerson Law’s inaugural year as Toronto’s newest law school in over a century. Launched in September 2020, Ryerson welcomed its first class of 170 law students with a mission to equip the lawyers of tomorrow with the contemporary skills and experience required to expand the reach of justice and respond to the evolving challenges that face Canadian society.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander demonstrated a longstanding commitment to championing education and youth initiatives and advancing racial equality. Today’s announcement is a very fitting testament to those commitments and we hope that our students will similarly serve and support others in their future careers holding true to their values with the same fervor that he did,” said Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University.

And, like its soon-to-be namesake, Ryerson Law’s program is both innovative and ground-breaking. The law school is committed to shaping a new kind of lawyer: one that challenges the status quo, embraces diversity and inclusion, bridges the gap between law and technology, and expands the reach of justice for all. In doing so, Ryerson is reimagining legal education in pursuit of a more just society.

Ryerson Law’s rigorous curriculum features a collaborative co-teaching model with exceptional faculty and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. Many of Ryerson Law’s faculty are members of equity-deserving groups – making it among the most diverse law schools in the country.

Furthermore, Ryerson’s JD program is only the second law school in Canada to be designated as an Integrated Practice Curriculum, which means that professional skills training is woven throughout the three-year academic program and graduates will not be required to article to be licensed as lawyers.

For additional details on Lincoln Alexander’s life and the law school’s upcoming inaugural year-end celebration honouring his legacy, please visit ryerson.ca/law.

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