THE ADVOCATE 549
VOL. 79 PART 4 JULY 2021
PETER A. ALLARD
SCHOOL OF LAW
By Heidi Wudrick*
RETIREMENT OF PROFESSOR ELIZABETH EDINGER
This June, the Peter A. Allard School of Law marked the retirement of Associate
Professor Elizabeth Edinger. Her colleagues at Allard Law are grateful
for her years of service and her dedication to our students.
Professor Edinger earned her LL.B. from UBC in 1967 and began teaching
criminal law at UBC part-time in 1973. She was appointed as an assistant
professor in 1978 while completing her BCL at Oxford and was promoted to
associate professor in 1986. She served as associate dean for two terms,
from 1988–1992 and 1997–2003, and she still holds the distinction of being
Allard Law’s longest-serving associate dean.
Throughout her career, Professor Edinger has taught and published in
areas that include conflict of laws, constitutional law and creditors’ remedies.
Reflecting on her career at the law school, Professor Edinger says that
while it took time to learn how to teach when she was first starting out,
teaching has been the most rewarding aspect of her career. Her talents in
this area have been recognized time and again by her students, who have
nominated her for numerous awards over the years. She accepted the university’s
Killam Teaching Prize in 2000.
Professor Edinger also served as a faculty advisor with the BC Law
Schools Competitive Moot, which brings together teams of law students
from the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and
Thompson Rivers University to compete each year in an appeal from a contract
or tort law case. When asked about the experience, she says that there
were certain years that stand out: “Every team we worked with was an excellent
team that we thought was certain to win, but I have to confess, the
* Heidi Wudrick is the communications manager for the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.