Debating is a critical skill for many new lawyers. It enhances public speaking by developing confidence and improving style. It allows you practice to argue either side of an argument, even when you don’t agree with your position. It helps you creatively think of many critical issues. Participation will give you a cutting edge in your public speaking competitions for class.

The Robson Hall Debating Society is open to all law students attending Robson Hall. We host weekly meetings where students can watch their classmates debate, or give it a try themselves! We give lessons on how to improve debate speeches at the meetings as well.

The RHDS also organizes events and/or tournaments. -
For further information and to stay informed of meeting times, join our Facebook group: Robson Hall Debating Society or e-mail: rhdspresident@gmail.com

The Centre for Human Rights Research Speakers Bureau offers a unique opportunity to connect with students in Grades 7-12 by presenting on topics related to human rights, Aboriginal rights, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Law students plan a presentation and discussion on the requested topic under the supervision of a faculty member, who assists by clarifying points of law and suggesting pertinent cases. Volunteers typically do one presentation each term. The CHRR Speakers Bureau is a wonderful opportunity to plan presentations, hone your speaking skills, become confident in new knowledge, and connect with young people across the city.

For more information please visit http://chrr.info/studying-human-rights-at-u-of-m/student-speakers-bureau

The Community Outreach Committee and its membership are part of the Robson Hall – Manitoba Law Students Association group.

The aim of our group is to assist in educating and facilitate opportunities for law students to become involved in a variety of charitable groups and organizations in the community. We are looking to mobilize our time, skill and efforts into making contribution in a number of areas in a way that provides beneficial experience to our student volunteers and makes a positive difference in the lives of others.Community Outreach will be hosting and participating in a series of events and contributing to a variety of causes throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Opportunities will range from the organized on-campus to liaising with established organizations across Winnipeg to take part in their events.

We would like to encourage interested students to get involved in as much or as little as you’d like! We will be looking to support a range of important initiatives including but not limited to health and cancer research, social services, employment opportunities, mentorship, youth recreation, environmental awareness, animal rights and education.

For more information contact: Stephanie Chan(Chair), communityoutreachMLSA@gmail.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/groups/communityoutreachMLSA

Twitter: @RHCommOutreach

The Robson Hall Environmental Law Group seeks to provide Robson Hall law students with information related to the field of Environmental law in Manitoba, Canada, and around the World. We hope to accomplish this by introducing students to opportunities in the field as well as providing educational opportunities that increase student exposure to current issues and the realities of environmental law practice.

 

For more details visit the RHELG website

Also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/276806709008093/

At Robson Hall there is always an upcoming social event where you can have fun with your classmates and forget about class for just a little while. From barbeques to fundraisers, pub nights and formals, no matter what your style there is something for everyone! Orientation Week is packed with lunchtime and evening events to meet and mingle, including the infamous boat cruise on Friday night! Other favourites include our pub night “Call to the Bar” in November, The Carbolic Smoke Ball, our formal event in February, and the annual Coffeehouse talent show in March, and more. You will see posters advertising events around the school and tickets will usually be on sale in the main hallway. To stay up to date on upcoming events, be sure to “like” Robson Hall Social Committee on Facebook. Don’t miss these any events because they are sure to be the highlight of your time at Robson Hall!

Contact: mlsasocialcommittee@gmail.com for more details

The University of Manitoba offers a wide range of intramurals to its students, and both male and female students at Robson Hall are proud to take part. The University offers intramurals in basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey, soccer, ultimate frisbee, touch football, ice hockey, and volleyball. Robson Hall fields teams in different sports based on popularity, so come ready in September to play, and hopefully we can enter teams into every sport! Intramurals run during the week and times range anywhere from early afternoon to late evening. All that is needed is a minimum four-month gym membership (which is offered at a very affordable price and includes access to the gym and other services offered by the U of M). Robson Hall is also home to the historic Robson Hall Jets, who participate in the Law League and Cliff Edwards Classic Hockey Tournament.

Intramurals is a great way to meet and interact with fellow Robson Hall students (of all levels) outside the classroom. The intramurals at the U of M are fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds, NO experience is needed! Find the sport you like and give it a try! Intramurals are a convenient way to relax and forget about the stress of first year. So bring your gear and take part in the long tradition at Robson Hall.

For more details contact Sports Commitee Co-Chairs Tyler Derksen (umderkst@myumanitoba.ca) or Kevin Schur (kevinschur@gmail.com)

The Robson Hall Bilingual Student’s Association is a new student group designed to promote the unique opportunities that are available to English/French bilingual students at Robson Hall. As part of our aim, we will keep our members up-to-date with current events and issues within the Franco-Manitoban legal community. We also aim to keep members informed of any employment or volunteer opportunities available to bilingual students, as well as social and networking events. Find out what French can do for you!

Outlaws is the queer law student association at Robson Hall. Our goal is to provide a queer positive learning atmosphere and meeting place at the Faculty of Law for all, regardless of sexual orientation. We welcome everyone – whether you are queer or an ally. We will have a social get together in September to welcome new students. For further information please watch for announcements or contact Professor Donn Short at donn_short@umanitoba.ca , Professor Debra Parkes at debra_parkes@umanitoba.ca or Professor Karen Busby at karen_busby@umanitoba.ca.

Mediators Beyond Borders is an international organization with numerous chapters, both professional and university oriented, which brings together mediators and allied professionals to volunteer worldwide in support of conflict resolution capacity building efforts in underserved areas to make them more effective and sustainable. The vision of the organization is to build sustainable conflict resolution capacity for a more peace “able” world. The Robson Hall chapter is the first of its kind in Canada and was started in 2009. By bringing mediation training and conflict resolution programs to the faculty, MBB hopes to broaden the horizons of students looking to contribute to the local and global society around them through workshops, internship opportunities and conference attendance.

For more information on the club and meeting dates, please send an email to robsonmbb@gmail.com

The Feminist Legal Forum (FLF) is a group of law students at the University of Manitoba Robson Hall Law School. The FLF works to promote education on the reality of feminism today as well as inequality and its many layers. The FLF strives for equality in the Law School, the University and society as a whole. We are concerned with the relationship between equality and law with a focus on equality in the practice of law and equality in the application of law. Over the course of the year the FLF works towards these goals through social action, round table discussions, partnerships with LEAF Manitoba, guest speakers, and campaign and protest initiatives. Check out the blog at: http://feministlegalforum.wordpress.com.

The University of Manitoba Christian Legal Fellowship seeks to serve the interests of University of Manitoba Law students and the Faculty of Law community by providing an environment for the exploration of Christian faith issues arising from the study of law. The club also seeks to assist students who want to start and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ, be challenged in their faith, develop ministry and leadership skills, and minister to their peers and community. For more information contact robsonhall.clf@gmail.com or visit http://www.christianlegalfellowship.org

Hockey has a long tradition at Robson Hall, and the team is as active as ever. Both men and women of all skill levels are encouraged to get involved and have fun in the different leagues and tournaments, even if you have haven’t skated in years or have only played ringette or floor hockey in the past.  The Winnipeg Law League has six teams run by various law firms and plays on Tuesday nights, and students can be drafted following the tournament, depending on availability of spots. Robson Hall also traditionally fields a U of M intramural team that plays once a week against other faculties. In the fall, a group drives down to play the University of North Dakota law school team and travels to Edmonton in January for a tournament against law schools from Western Canada.

Pro Bono Students Canada is a national network of law schools, law students, community organizations and lawyers all working together to solve traditionally unmet legal problems; the goal of the program is to combine education with access to justice. PBSC encourages students and legal professionals to volunteer in their communities to provide under-represented and disadvantaged individuals, groups and organizations with legal services for the public good. PBSC facilitates these efforts by matching volunteer law students with non-profit agencies, lawyers taking pro bono cases and other public interest groups to provide information and research in a legal context that is supervised by a volunteer practicing legal professional. If you are interested in getting involved, please see http://robsonhall.ca/probono/

The Mentorship Program offers all students the change to be paired with a practicing lawyer. A mentor is one of the most valuable resources you can have to assist with your professional development. Many past participants have noted it was one of the most important extra-curricular aspects of their law school experience.

Please visit the Mentorship Program page for more information.

The Business Law Group (BLG) aims to bring together Robson students interested in the various aspects of business and corporate law. Throughout the year, we provide members with fun and informative opportunities to mingle with professionals and other students. Past events include regular guest speakers, a Virtual Stock Exchange competition, and various social activities. Our goals are to increase interaction between students and practitioners in the legal community and enhance the understanding of what it means to be a business lawyer in Manitoba.

MALSA hopes to ensure accessibility to information clarifying Aboriginal legal issues. MALSA also prioritizes creating opportunities to participate in cultural activities in order to instill Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals alike with Aboriginal pride and understanding. Aboriginal speakers from the legal community share their stories and expertise and often touch on various other topics of interest, such as gender equality, environmental sustainability, international human rights, poverty law, and many others. Winnipeg is pleased to be hosting the Indigenous Bar Association’s (IBA) AGM in October 2012, which will cover topics of justice, reconciliation, water and governance.

Both MALSA and the IBA have open door policies. Any and all law students with an interest in Aboriginal legal issues, an area which encompasses an ever growing array of matters, are encouraged to be a part of both.

For more information feel free to contact Jayme Menzies / Janine Seymour at robson.malsa@gmail.com

Sometime in early October, the Law Curling league will commence. Gather together 3 or 4 (or even 5) of your new best friends and create a team. Come up with a catchy name, pay your fees, and show up on Friday afternoons to curl with us! The league is a great way to meet students of all years, as well as blow off steam after the long school week. Throughout the season, there will be post-game receptions and door-prize and dress-up nights. Playoffs to determine future World Champion wrap up in mid-March, well before thoughts of opening your untouched textbooks should trouble you. Fees are approximately $350/team, NO skill is required and all games are held at the St. Vital Curling Club (15 minutes from Robson Hall). For details, watch for our booth at Orientation Week and posters around Robson Hall. Email contact: robsonhallcurling@gmail.com. Registration this year is September 26th at noon.

Each year, a law school will host hundreds of participants from around the country for Canada Law Games. Sporting, academic, and social competitions dominate the schedule.  Law Games is a great chance to get to know future lawyers from around the country. For more information please email rhlawgames2013@gmail.com. Details on the first meeting can be found here.

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