UH Law Center students in dual degree program in Calgary meet U.S. diplomat

International Energy Lawyers Program student Aida Ahmadi, left, Hon. Gordon Giffin, Alysha Alibhai, Calgary Faculty of Law student Hong Feng, Richard Gardner and Chantel Carriere.

International Energy Lawyers Program student Aida Ahmadi, left, Hon. Gordon Giffin, Alysha Alibhai, Calgary Faculty of Law student Hong Feng, Richard Gardner and Chantel Carriere.

Oct. 13, 2016 – University of Houston Law Center students enrolled in the International Energy Lawyers Program had the opportunity to meet former U.S. Ambassador Gordon D. Giffin recently at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

Law Center students Aida Ahmadi 3L, Alysha Alibhai 3L, and Richard Gardner 3L are currently enrolled in classes in Calgary. Chantel Carriere, a second-year University of Calgary law student, will begin taking classes at the Law Center in 2017.

"It was meaningful on multiple levels to be able to host Ambassador Giffin," said University of Calgary law Dean Ian Holloway. "There is no more important bilateral relationship in the world than the U.S.-Canada relationship."

Giffin served as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada from 1997 to 2001, during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is currently a partner at the Dentons law firm, with offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

"The perspective that Ambassador Giffin brought is unique," Holloway said. "But it's no less important that his law firm, Dentons, is one of the most engaged supporters of our joint program with Houston, which was another reason to celebrate his visit."

The International Energy Lawyers Program began in 2012, and is a partnership between the Law Center and the University of Calgary's law school. The initiative allows students to earn American and Canadian law degrees in four years. Students spend two years at the Law Center and two years at the University of Calgary law school, and take courses that will enable them to apply for admission to bars in the United States and Canada.

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