23 Const. F. 1 (2014)

handle is hein.journals/consfo23 and id is 1 raw text is: An Argument Against
Accreditation of Trinity
Western University's
Proposed Law School
Dianne Pothier*

TO: J. Ren6 Gallant, President, Nova Scotia Bar-
risters' Society
FROM: Dianne Pothier
RE: Trinity Western University's proposed Law
School
DATE: Consolidation of written submissions
to the NSBS Executive Committee made Janu-
ary 18, 2014, oral submissions made February
13, 2014, and written submissions made March
5, 2014 in response to TWU President's Kuhn's
presentation on March 4, 2014
I am writing in response to your invitation for
comment on whether the proposed Law School
at Trinity Western University should be recog-
nized as conferring a common law Canadian law
degree for the purposes of admission to the Nova
Scotia Barristers' Society.
TWU's Community Covenant
Trinity Western University is a private, faith-
based university affiliated with the Evangeli-
cal Free Church of Canada. Faculty and staff
are required to sign an annual faith statement.
Faculty, staff and students are required to sign
a Community Covenant that commits them,
inter alia, to treat all persons with respect and
dignity and to abstain from sexual intimacy

that violates the sacredness of marriage between
a man and a woman (Community Covenant, s
3). Students need not be adherents of the Evan-
gelical Free Church faith, or any other Christian
faith, but are nonetheless required to abide by the
religiously-based code of conduct. The Commu-
nity Covenant not only commits signatories in
respect of their own personal conduct, but also
incorporates accountability for the conduct of
others within the TWU community:
Ensuring that the integrity of the TWU
community is upheld may at times involve
taking steps to hold one another accountable
to the mutual commitments outlined in this
covenant. As a covenant community, all
members share this responsibility. (Community
Covenant, s 5).
Signatories of the Community Covenant fur-
ther understand that ... I have also become an
ambassador of this community and the ideals it
represents (Community Covenant, penultimate
paragraph).
Although analogies between TWU and other
faith-based educational institutions in Canada
have been drawn, none of those other institu-
tions has or had a Community Covenant like
TWU's. It is only the Community Covenant that
has given rise to the question of whether a TWU
Law School should be accredited. Faith-based
institutions as such are not at issue.

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