|Honorary Degree Recipient, Ariel Sallows, May 20, 1982 (Photograph Collection, A-7923)|
Convocation date: May 20, 1982
Discipline / contribution: jurisprudence ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Ariel Franklin Sallows, Q.C.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Fifty years ago, in the depths of the Great Depression of the Thirties, a young North Battleford law graduate and his partner opened the doors of their law office for the first time. With many firms in financial jeopardy in those days, success was not certain. The young partner had no assured clients; no corporate retainers, and the economic outlook was bleak. Often, legal conveyances and mortgages were drawn up by grain elevator operators, or wills were drafted with the help of printed forms by postmasters. It was only when prospective clients encountered real legal difficulties, sometimes because of advice given by such advisers, that they would consult professional lawyers.
Through hard work, the young firm of Sallows and Linkletter (as it then was) prospered, and is now marking its fiftieth year.
In 1935 Ariel Sallows was nominated as Conservative candidate in the Battlefords, losing to a Social Creditor. A member of the reform wing of the party, he strongly supported the "New Deal" social reform legislation of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. When Bennett's Conservatives were badly defeated, he reflected philosophically that he was needed to serve a growing practice, and for the many public service activities for which he became known. He was instrumental in setting up Free Law Bureaus for clients without means long before government-sponsored legal aid became available in the seventies, and he served for some forty years on the local public library board. He was also for many years a member of the University Senate, and is generously endowing the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the College of Law to promote teaching and research in that increasingly-important area. He also serves on the national board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada, tirelessly supporting its efforts to assist fellow sufferers from a condition whose cause and cure are too little understood.
An inveterate traveller and photographer, he journeyed to mainland China in the early sixties, before many Westerners were admitted to that vast country, and was fascinated by the efforts of the Chinese to reform their society. On his return to Canada, he spoke and wrote extensively on his travels with a view to making China better known and to improving Sino-Canadian relations.
In the practice of his profession, his benefaction to his alma mater and his public service Ariel Sallows has few peers. Mr. Chancellor, I present to you Ariel Franklin Sallows, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: D.H. Clark, Dean of Law
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