Schulich School of Law Dalhousie University graduates and faculty got together at Thomson Reuters’ Bay Street Toronto office on Nov. 22.
Next year Dalhousie will celebrate its 200th year in existence. Law school dean and chairwoman of the Council of Canadian Law Deans, Camille Cameron, took to the podium to give the Dalhousie community an update on their alma mater, including building renovations, faculty retirements and that the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq initiative, launched in 1989, will graduate its 200th student in Dal’s 200th year.
Dalhousie’s is still a tough law program to get into, Cameron said. The attendees are of an exclusive group, as Cameron said they chose their current 170-student population from 1,400 applications.
Cameron presented Dahlia Bateman with the Bertha Wilson Honour Society Certificate of Membership.
Bateman graduated from Dalhousie’s law program in 2004 and is currently in-house counsel for Dana Hospitality in Oakville. Prior to that she ran her own law firm, focusing on criminal law.
Bateman’s professional achievements coincide with an active involvement in the community. She is a board member for a transitional home for men trying to reintegrate into society after incarceration, and a member of the Toronto District School Board black student achievement advisory committee where she drafts policies to reduce drop-out rates among black high school students, as well as coaches soccer at the Burlington youth soccer club.