The 2016 Ride is happening this fall!
When: Sunday, September 25th 2016, 9:00AM Registration, Ride at 9:30
What: Fundraiser for a Montreal-based access to justice org, soon to be announced!
Where: Starting at OCDH, Faculty of Law
Who: McGill Law students, faculty, staff and community members
And most importantly: WHY?
The bike ride was founded at McGill Law in 2009. This seventh bike ride, slowly becoming a tradition at McGill, will honour Dugald Christie, a Vancouver lawyer who offered legal services to low-income people and set up several pro-bono clinics across western Canada. Il ne facturait que très peu et se battait régulièrement avec les couts de la justice et contre les règles des programmes d’aide juridique restreignant les possibilités pour les personnes à faible revenus de se voir représentées par un-e avocat-e. En 2006, Christie a commencé à parcourir le Canada à vélo pour sensibiliser le public et nos décideurs aux insuffisances des programmes d’aide juridique au Canada. Il fut tragiquement percuté et tué par une voiture quatre mois après le début de sa campagne.
We are doing this because most of us come into law school to fight for and support justice, not just as some abstract concept, but through tangible action. We believe that Dugald Christie died in this pursuit. Through his work, he learned that we live “in a harsh society” made harsher, sometimes, by the legal system itself. He thought it was crucial that financially disadvantaged people and people that were unaware of their rights had an equal opportunity for a just solution to their problems. We want first year students to know his story as soon as they walk through the Law Faculty’s door. We want the lens through which they read their cases and learn the law to be one that focuses on the importance of people having access to laws which are created for the betterment of all members of society.
We hope you can join us.