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Ivan Rand was my hero in law school - The Daily Gleaner

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

Category: In the Media

The legacy left behind by Ivan Rand fittingly took centre stage Thursday night at the University of New Brunswick's 18th annual Ivan C. Rand Memorial Lecture.

Distinguished arbitrator, mediator and writer William Kaplan delivered this year's lecture.

"Ivan Rand was my hero when I was in law school," Kaplan said. "It was his great civil liberties judgements that really attracted my attention."

In the 1940s and 1950s, when Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec were being beaten and imprisoned under then-premier Maurice Duplessis for going door to door, "peacefully spreading their version of the word of God," it was Rand who called Duplessis out on the atrocities, Kaplan said.

"And it was Rand at the height of the red scare who defended communists and (the) right to free speech," he added.

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