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When Josh Morry (24) decided to take on an Asper School of Business student council role back in his last year at the school, he had one main goal in mind - to devise a strategy and implement a plan to stop Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) and proposed Boycott Divestment Sanction movement (BDS) functions.

Using the university’s own student protection policies, Morry almost single-handedly - with the help of the local Jewish community - created a gridlock by claiming that he and other Jewish students did not feel safe on campus with the presence of the student’s group against “Israeli Apartheid” and the BDS movement.
“I found, after a year of sitting on student council, that students who feel threatened on campus invoke the student union policies to protect themselves,” said Morry. “Aboriginals, exchange students, the LGBT community - they all invoke these policies to protect themselves. The only group that wasn’t benefiting from the policies were the Jewish students.”
The university had no choice but to ban the group and prevent further events - a ban that has remained in place ever since.
“These groups, if they go unchecked, become more hostile,” said Morry. “If you don’t keep drawing the red line about what’s acceptable on campus, they feel entitled to harass Jewish students in the hallways. What these groups do clearly violates the policies.”
After Morry finished his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2013, he went into Law. Graduating with his Law degree this past year, Morry went to work at the same firm his dad, Howard Morry, works at for the summer, before heading off to get a Master’s of Law degree at Oxford in the U.K..
“It’s a crazy time to be going there [the U.K.], because the country’s doing some interesting things right now,” said Morry. “They voted to leave the European Union. And so, it’s a time of great uncertainty in England. The pound has fallen and it should just be an interesting time.”
As of now, Morry is leaning towards going into Tax Law. “I joke that somebody’s gotta do it,” he said. “But, it’s actually very interesting. There’s symmetry to the income tax and also it’s constant learning, which I like. It’s never stagnant. The law that you follow actually changes every year with the new budget. You have to be on top of it.
“I always knew I wanted to do commercial law. My dad raised me to be a tax lawyer. The problem with corporate law is it’s so complicated and now clients are so savvy in terms of understanding how businesses work...[So much so] that I believe that, in this highly specialized economy in which we live, I think you need a business degree. It helps you to understand your clients, to speak their language.
“A tax lawyer structures people’s affairs or business transactions toward reducing the tax payable or provide mechanisms to deal with the tax when it arises. It’s a lot of thinking about contingencies and planning for them. It’s an interesting area of the law.”
With his love of learning and law, Morry is eager to take an extra year and gain more knowledge before starting his practice, especially as he already knows he enjoys the work after spending the last few weeks working at a law firm.
“I think Oxford is a once in a lifetime experience - an incredible school with incredible people who will become connections in the future,” said Morry. “I love Winnipeg, but I think it’s healthy to go away for a year to gain perspective to see what’s good here and what’s not so good.”
The University of Manitoba (U of M) gold medal bestowed upon Morry is one that is given out for the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of a law degree. Morry, in fact, has won this award for the highest GPA each year.
The U of M law school also gives out an award called the Archie Micay Award to the same student, as both awards have the same criteria. According to the U of M website, “Archie R. Micay is a lifetime resident of Winnipeg as well as a University of Manitoba graduate. He graduated in 1937 with the Gold Medal in Law. He was called to the Bar in 1942 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1954.” As it happens, Morry is a relative of Micay’s.

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