Professor Bryan Schwartz, founder of Sacred Goof, was one of several lawyers to receive the designation of King’s Counsel this week, a distinction given to the most long-serving, dedicated and productive contributors to legal practice in the legal community. Given Manitoba’s rigorous process for nominations, Schwartz, the only faculty member to receive the designation at this time, shared that he felt “profoundly honoured” to have been included and “greatly appreciative” to those who nominated and selected him.
Schwartz has both practiced and taught the law for over four decades since his call to the bar, and reflects on the importance of both worlds of legal practice and study: “Real world legal practice benefits from reflection on critical perspectives on how the system works – or sometimes does not. The best theories are informed by practical realities, and help to understand them, explain them or improve them.
“I have tried to every possible extent to bring to our classrooms and scholarship what I learned from all clients I have done my best to serve, and all the fellow professionals I have been able to observe and learn from. I have written about the idea that the purpose of legal education, as in higher education generally, is to encourage and equip individuals to be life-long learners. I believe I have discovered much from my many engagements as a lawyer, and look forward to continuing to learn, to serve, and to teach.”
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