Welcoming remarks.

Author:Ujczo, Daniel

Speaker--Daniel Ujczo

United States Speaker--Robert Rawson

Canadian Speaker--Robert Noble


MR. UJCZO: Good evening. I am Dan Ujczo, the managing director of the Canada-United States Law Institute. On behalf of the Institute, I welcome you to this, our twenty-seventh Annual Conference. I extend a warm welcome to the representatives of our respective founding institutions. Case Western University School of Law, represented this evening by Dean Bob Rawson, (1) whom you will be meeting in just a moment, and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law represented by Dean Ian Holloway, (2) who you will be meeting tomorrow evening.

I also extend a warm welcome to our national directors, Professor Chi Carmody (3) from The University of Western Ontario and Jon Groetzinger (4) from Case Western Reserve University.

I would likewise extend a very special welcome to the members of our Executive Committee that are here in attendance from Canada, and Toronto in particular, Selma Lussenburg, (5) Larry Herman of Cassels Brock, (6) Jim Mcllroy of Mcllroy & McIlroy, (7) and Michael Robinson of Fasken Martineau. (8) From the United States, and Washington, D.C. in particular, I also would like to welcome Dick Cunningham of Steptoe & Johnson (9) and Rick Newcomb of DLA Piper, United States. (10) We do have a third Executive Committee member from the United States, Don Cameron of Troutman Sanders, (11) who will be joining us tomorrow. Don is back in Washington D.C. paying the bills, so to speak, on an unexpected client matter. And, as I stated earlier, for those of you keeping score, that is four Canadian Executive Committee members and three United States members. I assure you that the Institute is inherently bilateral and we appreciate the quality and equivalency in our relationship. We have a vacancy on the United States side right now that we will be remedying in short order.

I extend a welcome, as well, and our heartfelt appreciation to the members of our Advisory Board that are here in attendance, too numerous to name individually. But, one of the most treasured assets of our Institute beyond our two founding institutions at Case Western University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario is that third vital organ of our Institute, which is our public and private sector Advisory Board. For presentation purposes, we often break those three organs into distinct tracts. But, to be quite clear, everything we do in the Institute is inextricably intertwined between those three vital organs. Things that appear to be restricted to the classroom, within the ivy-covered walls so to speak, do involve our practitioners, many of whom teach our classes and are engaged with our students on an everyday basis. And, similarly, as you will see throughout this weekend, our events that are "for the outside world," the public sector and private sector, always include members of our faculty and staff.

With that, I think many of us this weekend have mixed emotions. As you know, this is the first time that we have convened at this annual conference since the passing of our chairman, Henry King. (12) I think many of us woke up this morning waiting to see Henry and his phone calls and his ringing of the bell. Henry passed away on May 9, 2009. We at Case Western Reserve as well as his family have celebrated his life with several memorial services. The one that you will see tomorrow includes some footage from September; many of you participated in and attended that event. We honored Henry in a number of ways, and you will be hearing about that throughout the weekend. Also, you will see the tribute tomorrow, not the least of which being that we renamed this conference, dedicating it in his name. This is now the Henry T. King, Jr. Conference on Canada-United States Relations, which really is not much of a change. We all called it Henry's conference anyway. It is just formalizing what had always been the case.

We will also be honoring Henry and preserving his legacy by launching our Henry T. King International Law Studies Fund, (13) which you will be hearing about tomorrow evening as part of the overall tribute. You will note that there is not a shortage of programs at this law school named after Henry. I encourage you to look at some of those during your stay here over the next few days.

As I said, it is with mixed emotions, because this has been one of the most exciting and dynamic years for our Institute, marked today by the appointments and announcement of our co-chairs, Minister James Peterson (14) and Governor Jim Blanchard. (15) And, while we spent a great deal of time working on our co-chairs, we were excited as we met with the Governor and the Minister in talking about this and their ideas. One of the practical consequences is that they are both named Jim. For the past several months, we started referring to them as the "Gov" for the Governor, and for those of you familiar with Canadian speak, the Minister as "Mint." You put them together, it is "Gov-Mint," and the jokes just write themselves at that point.

We at the Institute again recognize that not only do we have the benefit of our public and private sector Advisory Board, but also our home or our roots, which rests in our two academic institutions. The support of the administration...

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