Dennis Edney Delivers Key Note Address at PBSC UVic’s Launch Event
On September 30, PBSC UVic Chapter launched its 2015-16 program with a key-note address by Dennis Edney, Q.C., lead counsel for Omar Khadr. Mr. Edney spoke passionately about the grave injustices inflicted upon Khadr and the urgency of pro bono work in support of the Rule of Law. He received a standing ovation from the large audience of law students, lawyers and the general public.
Mr. Edney spoke of his journey to free Omar Khadr, an unpopular crusade in the eyes of political leaders and in fact, many Canadians. He also emphasized the importance of the rule of law and the purpose it serves in ensuring no person or government is above it. He posited: “Can you imagine an army of lawyers challenging the use of excess power? The world would be a better place.” Finally, Mr. Edney demonstrated that it only takes one person to change the life of another. He challenged the audience to take action, noting that “the greatest thing we have to fight is apathy.”
As a student group creating opportunities for students to provide legal information to marginalized communities, PBSC UVic is grateful for Mr. Edney’s role, not only in freeing Omar Khadr, but in inspiring young lawyers to take up a cause and commit to making a difference.