Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Donor Who Made $40 Million Naming Gift Loses Court Battle To Force Law School To Include His Name On All Degrees

Following up on my previous post:  CBC News, Major Donor Loses Fight to Have His Name on All UBC Law School Degrees:

Allard (2017)One of the most prominent donors to the University of British Columbia has lost a lengthy legal fight to have his name printed on every degree given to students who graduate from the law school that's named after him.

Peter A. Allard, a successful lawyer who has been fighting his alma mater on the issue for years, lost his B.C. Supreme Court battle against the university on Thursday. ...

The dispute began shortly after Allard made a historic $30-million donation to UBC in 2014 [in addition to an earlier $10 million gift] on a number of conditions. One of those conditions said degree certificates granted by the Faculty of Law would have Allard's name printed somewhere on the parchment.

But not all degrees from the Peter A. Allard School of Law are granted by the Faculty of Law. Higher level graduate degrees come from a different division: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. ...

He asked UBC to start adding a "reasonable" reference to his name on graduate certificates, but it declined, saying it was honouring its end of the agreement as it had been written.

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