Enhancing the public debate on business law

Members of the firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP were at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School yesterday to formally announce the firm’s gift of $406,250 to support the Davies Fund for Business Law.

The endowed fund will allow Osgoode to maintain its pre-eminent status as one of Canada’s leading law schools and enhance its reputation for business law. The fund will be used to establish a lecture program that will create excitement for business law within the student community and will help the law school better connect with the broader legal and business community in Toronto.

As Jay Swartz of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP noted in remarks to Osgoode students, faculty and staff, the firm is looking to enhance public debate, at the law school and in the broader legal community, on business law issues of current concern.

Above: Osgoode students, faculty and staff joined representatives of Davies Ward
Phillips & Vineberg LLP at the law school yesterday to celebrate the firm’s
generous gift of $406,250 to support the Davies Fund for Business Law.
Second row, left to right, are five members of the firm: Elie Roth, Brian Calalang,
Siobhan Monaghan, Jay Swartz and – on the other side of Osgoode Dean Patrick
Monahan, who is holding the cheque – Elisa Kearney

“This is a very important gift to the law school,” said a delighted Patrick Monahan, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School. “It’s as generous a gift as any we have received from other law firms, given the size of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.”

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is a firm of more than 220 lawyers in offices in Toronto, Montreal and New York, with an affiliate in Paris. The firm manages complex and sophisticated commercial and financial matters on an international scale. Davies was ranked as the foremost corporate law firm in Canada in each of the Toronto and Montreal markets, relative to firm size, in the recently released 2005 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

The firm deals with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and financial institutions, both public and private, in Canada, the United States and abroad. Clients include governments, regulatory bodies, charitable organizations, international agencies, educational institutions, individuals and trusts and estates.