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UNB alumnus pledges support for law students

Author: Communications

Posted on Feb 12, 2016

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Left to right: UNB President, Eddy Campbell; Vaughn MacLellan holding his daughter Maggie; Tiffany Jay; and UNB Dean of Law, John Williamson.Giving something back to UNB through support for its students matters to respected law graduate Vaughn MacLellan (LLB ’95). He and his wife, Tiffany, recently committed $100,000 to enhance the MacLellan Family Scholarship, which they created to support and encourage accomplished law students who are assuming volunteer leadership positions within UNB's faculty of law, the University or the larger community.

Vaughn knows something about leadership. As a lawyer practicing in the areas of securities and corporate law, he has volunteered on committees with the TSX Venture Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission. He is also a dedicated community volunteer who gives generously of his time to organizations in Ontario and New Brunswick.

He credits UNB with giving law students the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

“I think I learned more here than I would have at a lot of other law schools, particularly from a practical perspective,” Vaughn says. “UNB has focused on providing students with a very good grounding in the legal fundamentals you need to know when practicing.”

“I wanted to give something back. I think it is important for alumni to help maintain and build the faculty of law’s national reputation and to encourage students with leadership potential.”

After graduating from UNB, Vaughn earned his master of laws degree at the London School of Economics. He has practiced with Stewart McKelvey, Wildeboer Dellelce and DLA Piper Canada. Since 2008, he has been commuting from Toronto to Fredericton to teach a course on corporate transactions at UNB’s faculty of law.

John Williamson, dean of law at UNB, said the MacLellan Family Scholarship will continue to help students for years to come. “This gift affirms that when students enroll at UNB, they are joining a community of people who care about building a better future. Vaughn epitomizes our alumni who give back to the faculty to enhance the educational experience of our students.”

Media contact: Natasha Ashfield