Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-12-05 14:41.
Professor presents at CBA meeting
(Dec 5) Professor Shaun Fluker spoke at the Canadian Bar Association's Natural Resources Law section meeting on December 5. Shaun presented his research on the right to public participation in resources project decision-making in Alberta. One of Shaun's main areas of research focuses on access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection.
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-12-05 11:50.
Professor appears on appeal to Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
(Dec 5) Professor Emeritus Pat Knoll
recently appeared on appeal to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench as counsel for the Assessment Review Board. His argument concerned the principle that the common law must give way to a statutory enactment where the two are in conflict.
This doctrine of the supremacy of statutory law over common law is a subject of consideration in the Faculty of Law's first-year course, Law 403: Legislation, Administration and Policy.
Read the complete decision here
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-12-05 11:25.
Professor working to pursuade EPC to protect internal witnesses
(Dec 5) Professor Emeritus Pat Knoll
is attempting to pursuade the Edmonton Police Commission to implement a policy to protect internal witnesses (police officers) when they report serious crimes committed by other officers.
This recommendation comes after one member of the Edmonton Police Service was ostracized and forced out of the Service for breaching the police "code of silence." The officer had reported observing a fellow officer brutally beating a man who was handcuffed and entirely helpless.
Following the CBC and Edmonton Sun reports, the Edmonton Police Commission has replied that it will now consider implementing an Internal Witness Support Policy and take action against rogue police officers, described by Pat as "thugs and thumpers" in unifrom.
Read the Edmonton Sun article for more details
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-12-02 14:32.
Professor published in Canadian Business Law Journal
(Dec 2) "The IPO Market in Canada: What a Comparison with the United States tells us About a Global Problem," a paper written by Professor Bryce C. Tingle, the N. Murray Edwards Chair in Business Law, and Professors J. Ari Pandes and Michael J. Robinson, of the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business, has been published in the December 2013 issue of the Canadian Business Law Journal. The paper identifies for the first time that Canada is suffering a significant decline in its IPO market paralleling the much-commented upon decline in the US. It then explores the merits of the various explanations advanced in the US for this decline in light of Canada's very different regulatory environment.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-11-29 14:47.
First student to defend PhD featured in The Lawyers Weekly
(Nov 29) Chidinma Thompson (middle), the Faculty of Law's first student to defend her PhD, was featured in the November 29, 2013, issue of The Lawyers Weekly.
In addition, Professor Nigel Bankes was also mentioned in the article talking about the University of Calgary's energy strategy. Read the article
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-11-27 15:43.
Faculty of Law hosts talk on improving access to justice
(Nov 27) On November 26, 2013, the Faculty of Law hosted a public lecture with Melina Buckley, an expert on access to justice and former chair of the Canadian Bar Association's equal justice committee. Read more in UToday
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-11-22 08:59.
Michelle Christopher elected to board of ACCLE
(Nov 22) Michelle Christopher
, executive director of Student Legal Assistance, has been elected to the board of directors for the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE)
. Michelle as also been elected as Treasurer of the board.
ACCLE is a group of individuals and clinics who have come together for these common purposes:
- To provide a forum for legal educators across Canada to share best practices, pedagogies and other information related to clinical legal education.
- To encourage the promotion and improvement of clinical legal education in Canadian law schools.
- To promote clinical pedagogy and research.
- To facilitate the dissemination of information pertaining to clinical legal education to cliniciansin Canada.
- To promote or organize conferences or other activities to facilitate the purposes of the association.
Additionally, Michelle is now a member of the board of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF) is a non-profit, independent institute that began operations whose major goals are to undertake and promote interdisciplinary research, education and publication on issues related to law and the family.
Michelle is jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and Student Legal Assistance.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-11-19 13:42.
Professor Fluker to present to NAMR Study Tour
(Nov 19) On November 20, 2013, Professor Shaun Fluker
will give a presentation to the National Agency for Mineral Resources (NAMR) Study Tour from Romania. Shaun will give an overview on the legislative framework governing the development of Alberta's oil and gas resources to the delegation of officials from Romania. The event is hosted by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-11-19 11:13.
Maryanne Forrayi named honorary member of AWL
(Nov 19) Maryanne Forrayi, director of the law school's Career & Professional Development Office, has been named an honorary member of the Association of Women Lawyers
Maryanne has worked hard with AWL to assist the organization in establishing links with students, to ensure they know about the ogranization and how AWL will support students as they embark on their careers.
The Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) is an organization committed to promoting the advancement, equality, interests and well-being of women in the legal profession. The Association has been very proactive, in particular, in supporting women as they enter the profession and has supported Faculty of Law students through their sponsorship of our Annual Candid Conversations with Women in Law event which brings together practicing lawyers from various organizations including large firms, smaller firms, government and legal counsel to candidly share their perspectives on how women can successfully navigate their legal careers. Most recently, AWL also supported three Faculty of Law students to attend the Women in Law Leadership Dinner & Awards held at the Westin Hotel on November 6, 2013. The Association has also warmly welcomed Faculty of Law Law students to join as members and to attend their local meetings and receptions.
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-11-18 11:49.
Professor Mahoney appointed Secretary of National Academy of Social Sciences
(Nov 18) Professor Kathleen Mahoney
has been appointed the Secretary of the National Academy of Social Sciences
for the Royal Society of Canada.
Kathleen has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1997 and has served in a variety of capacities including the nominating committee for distinguished scientists, researchers and scholars to become Fellows. The Royal Society held its 2013 induction and awards ceremony in Banff in mid-November where it honored and celebrated notable Canadian academics at the pinnacle of their fields. In 2013, three University of Calgary professors were elected into the Royal Society: Professor David Eagle (Arts), Professor Walter Hertzog, (Life Sciences) and Professor Peter Stys (Life Sciences).
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-11-12 08:15.
Professor Bankes in northern Europe
Professor Nigel Bankes
is in northern Europe this week participating in a number of academic meetings and confernces from November 9 to 15, 2013.
On November 9 and 10, he attended meetings of the expert group preparing the second edition of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR)
. Nigel, along with Timo Koivurova of the University of Lapland, are the lead authors of the legal systems chapter of AHDR II. The meetings were held at Klittgarden
(the former summer residence of the Danish royal family) in Skagen, DK.
On November 12 Nigel will be speaking at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway on the Columbia River Treaty, specifically on US/Canada hydroelectric power and flood control. More information can be found here
Between November 17and 19Nigel will be attending and speaking the conference at the University of Tromsø, Norway, on Extractive Industries in the North
. The theme of the conference is "What about environmental law and Indigenous Peoples Rights?
Nigel holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Tromsø and while in Tromsø will be co-teaching a one-day writing seminar (November 15) for PhD students.
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-11-06 13:04.
Faculty of Law hosts columnist Andrew Coyne in public lecture
(Nov 6) Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne visited the law school on Tuesday to participate in the 2013/14 Merv Leitch QC Memorial Lecture. Andrew spoke on "the alarming state of Canada's democracy." Learn more about the event.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-11-05 09:19.
First-year JD student named to Avenue's Top 40 Under 40
(Nov 5) First-year JD student Anna Murray has been named to Avenue Magazine's
Top 40 Under 40 for 2013. The list celebrates Calgarians under 40 who excel in their respective fields, give back to the community and raise the profile of the city. Read more.
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-10-31 14:19.
Professor appointed Honorary Fellow at University of Western Australia
(Oct 31) Professor Sharon Mascher has recently accepted a three year appointment as an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia. Sharon spent several years at the University of Western Australia and continues to be actively engaged in collaborative research projects with collegaues there.
Sharon is currently collaborating on a research project that relates to the approach of both Canada and Australia to the recognition of indigenous land rights, and, in so doing, the failure in both countries to recognize the underlying connection between recognition of these rights and maintaining a functioning ecosystem.
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-10-31 07:32.
Professor Mahoney addresses multiculturalism issues at Mosaic Institute event
(Oct 31) On October 28, Professor Kathleen Mahoney
participated in a panel on "Peace Through Pluralism," hosted by The Mosaic Institute.
This event was the fourth in a series taking place across Canada. Dr. Elena Caproni (expert on ethnic minorities in China), Kathleen and Tashi Tsering, a PhD candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability of the University of British Columbia, discussed various aspects of multiculturalism and diversity. Tashi provided a Tibetan perspective and Kathleen addressed multiculturalism issues in the Canadan context, including the proposed Quebec Charter of Values and aboriginal issues.
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-10-30 10:31.
Professor to speak at CBA Environmental Law section meeting
(Oct 30) Professor Shaun Fluker
will be speaking at the Canadian Bar Association's Environmental Law section meeting
on October 30. Shaun will join Gary Perkins (Alberta Energy Regulator), Ryan Rodier (National Energy Board) and Brad Gilmour (Bennett Jones LLP) in a discussion titled "New AER and NEB Requirements for Intervenor Standing: Implications for Industry and Public Interest Groups."
One of Shaun's main areas of research focuses on access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection.
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-10-28 16:07.
Faculty of Law celebrates largest law firm donation in campaign
(Oct 28) The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the single largest law firm gift in the school's current fundraising campaign - $750,000 from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Read more
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-10-23 10:14.
Grad student examines role of conservation offsets as a way to protect environment
(Oct 23) LLM student David Poulton is researching the role of conservation offsets as a way to protect the environment, part of a project for the Canadian think-thank Sustainable Prosperity. Read about his work in UToday.
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-10-23 06:50.
Professor Mahoney speaks to case on legalization of prostitution
(Oct 23) Professor Kathleen Mahoney
participated in a film screening and discussion hosted by the U of C's Women's Resource Centre
on Monday, to discuss the topic of legalizing prostitution. The film Buying Sex
, produced by the National Film Board was shown, which explores the debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws. Joining Kathleen on the panel were Amanda Berjian, Shift Program
, AIDS Calgary Liz Gibson, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary
and Christine Walsh, Faculty of Social Work.
"This initiative by the Women's Resource Centre is a very important and timely one as we approach a historic case on the the legality of prostitution and related offences," says Kathleen. "The profound issues of gender equality as well as the protection of women and girls from violence and human trafficking have never been so pressing as they are today. The decision in the prostitution case will be a defining one for the country."
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-10-22 09:00.
Law grad gets variety of experience in clerkship opportunity
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-10-18 14:41.
Post-doctoral fellow attends Third National Congress on Climate Change Research
(Oct 18) Post-doctoral fellow Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes
attended the Third National Congress on Climate Change Research
at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City from October 14 to 18. She spoke on the panel "Law and Climate Change" on the topic of climate change litigation in the inter-American human rights system.
The annual event allows attendess to share the most recent developments in research related to climate change within different disciplines, such as geophysics, sea sciences, engineering, statistics, economy and law.
"Being invited to participate as a speaker in two panels was a fabulous opportunity to not only present my research as a post-doctoral fellow in a very prestigious forums, but to also learn new approaches and exchange experiences," says Veronica.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-10-18 11:53.
Law students celebrate Persons Day
(Oct 18) University of Calgary law students hosted a Persons Day
breakfast on behalf of Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
today at the Downtown Campus.
The event was co-hosted by the Women's Resource Centre
and the keynote speaker was Beverley Jacobs, former president of the Native Women's Association of Canada
and a current PhD student at U of C.
Persons Day is an annual celebration in Canada, held on October 18 each year. The day commemorates the case of Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General)
, more commonly known as The Persons Case
–a famous Canadian constitutional case decided on October 18, 1929 by the Judicial Committee of the Imperial Privy Council, at that time the court of last resort for Canada, which held that women were eligible to sit in the Canadian Senate.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-10-18 07:36.
UN internship provides exciting opportunities for law student
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-10-17 09:46.
Professor debates the power of the term "genocide"
(Oct 17) Professor Kathleen Mahoney
spoke to CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti on her show The Current
about the power of the term "genocide" and whether the UN should recognize Canada's treatment of First Nations' people as a genocide.
"Genocide is a crime that is directed at the very existence of a group," says Kathleen. "If the definition of a group is destroyed, that is considered genocide."
Some of Kathleen's research interests are Human Rights, International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law and Aboriginal Law.
Listen to the complete debate on CBC.
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-10-16 15:40.
Faculty members participating in ACCLE Conference
(Oct 16) Professor Shaun Fluker
and clinical instructor and executive director of Student Legal Assistance Michelle Christopher
(left) are participating in this week's Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE)
conference at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
Michelle is taking part in a panel discussion titled The Clinic in the Community.
Her topic is entitled "Facilitating access to justice in the face of disaster: Lessons from the law clinic."
Shaun is participating in a workshop session to explore how law school clinics advocate on broader social issues while representing individual clients.
The conference runs October 16 - 19, 2013.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-10-15 13:57.
Faculty of Law celebrates career of longtime professor
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-10-14 11:17.
Professor to participate in panel discussion on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Pluralistic Societies
(Oct 14) On October 15, 2013, Professor Kathleen Mahoney
will be particpating in a panel presentation to discuss "ADR in Pluralistic Societies: International and Local Experiences." The event is hosted by the Aga Khan Ismaili Council and the Ismaili National Conciliation and Arbritration Board for Canada. Kathleen's work
on the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and with Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission will provide a unique contribution to the discussion. The event will capitalize on Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee of the Institute of Ismaili Studies
, who is visiting Canada in October.
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-10-14 09:39.
Faculty of Law participates in first annual Dentons Negotiation Competition
(Oct 14) On October 9, 2013, the Faculty of Law participated in the first annual Dentons Negotiation Competition. Congratulations to the top teams - 1st place: David Reese and Tyler Pollock; 2nd place: Lindsey Mosher and William Tran; 3rd place: Taylor Woolsey and Spencer Hoffman.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-10-08 09:32.
Dean Holloway comments on the future of law school
(Oct 8) Dean Ian Holloway
and Professor Alice Woolley
attended a recent conference at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law on "The Future of Law School
." The conference explored the need for legal education reform as a result of the changing legal profession.
Dean Holloway spoke on a panel to discuss to discuss the topic "The Future of Legal Education: Three Visions and a Prediction," while Professor Woolley spoke on the topic of "Law School, Curriculum Reform and the Definition of the Good Lawyer."
writer Heather Gardiner wrote an article on the event for the 4Students
publication, which can be found here.
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-10-07 14:25.
Professor re-appointed to advisory council of CMHR
(Oct 7) Professor Kathleen Mahoney
was re-appointed to the advisory council for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights
. Located in Winnipeg, the CMHR is envisioned to be a national and international destination, and a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can reflect and be inspired about human rights.
The Inauguration of the CMHR will take place in 2014.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-10-04 13:41.
Boyle and Schitka win 2013 McGillivray Moot
Third-year JD students Colm Boyle and Barrett Schitka were the winners of the 2013 Chief Justice William McGillivray Moot Final, held on Thursday, October 3. Second-year student Jessica Gill was named Top Oralist of the event.
On behalf of the Mooting and Debating Committee and the Faculty of Law, we extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the following individuals and firms for their support of a successful 2013 McGillivray Moot competition. Click here to see everyone invovled in the event.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-10-04 10:40.
Alumni awarded 2013 Women in Law Leadership Awards
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-10-03 08:00.
University of Calgary mourns passing of Dick Matthews
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-10-02 07:24.
Dean Ian Holloway
is now on Twitter! Follow him @LawDeanHolloway
for engaging tweets on the life of the Dean of the Faculty of Law.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-10-01 15:06.
Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal to visit law school
The Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Honourable Pierre Blais, will visit the Faculty of Law on Wednesday to participate in a clerkship information session for law students. Judicial clerkships are usually 12–month terms that satisfy the "articling" requirement of the licensing process. Some law school graduates clerk after graduate school or following their call to the bar. Several courts in Canada, both at the trial and appeal levels, offer clerking opportunities. Under the direction of one or more justices, clerks research points of law, prepare memoranda of law, and attend court proceedings. In short, they learn how the justice system works.
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-09-30 11:10.
Law students get educated in table manners at the 3rd annual Business Etiquette Dinner
The 3rd annual Business Etiquette Dinner, sponsored by Torys LLP and organized by the Business Law Association, was held on September 25, 2013. Led by Sue Jacques, The Civility CEO
, the event gives students the opportunity to develop social skills to present themselves in a professional manner in business settings. Read the UToday story for more
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-09-25 07:27.
Third-year student awarded Berard Scholarship in Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-09-24 07:16.
Third-year student attends Special Institute on International Energy & Minerals Arbitration
On September 16 and 17, third-year JD student Jillian Bollinger attended the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Special Institute on International Energy & Minerals Arbitration in Toronto. The institute examined the framework and basic principles governing the arbitral process and explored key considerations associated with drafting dispute resolution clauses, selecting arbitrators and enforcing arbitral awards.
“Attending the institute accelerated my learning about this aspect of the international energy and minerals industry,” says Jillian. “Everyone, from students to experts in their field, commented on the quality of the presentations and I am grateful to the RMMLF for the opportunity to attend.”
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-09-23 07:28.
Q&A with Inaki Gomez: Law student juggles studies and international athletic career
2015 JD candidate Inaki Gomez spent his summer competing at the World University Games and the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. Read the UToday story
to find out how Inaki balances his legal studies with an intense training regimen.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-09-20 07:24.
Law alum's experience with flood recovery brings understanding to legal community
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-09-18 07:21.
Calgary legal community welcomes first-year law students
The Faculty of Law held the 11th annual Law Mixer on September 12 as members of Calgary's legal community, the judiciary, faculty, staff and alumni welcomed the Class of 2016. Read the UToday story for more.
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-09-17 12:31.
Law school marks historic day with first ever PhD thesis defence
Submitted by a.abel on Mon, 2013-09-16 08:04.
Professor part of expert panel providing thoughts on Quebec's secular charter
Professor Kathleen Mahoney
particpated on a panel of nine distinguished Constitutional thinkers to discuss the question "Is Quebec's secular charter constitutional?" Their responses were published in a Globe & Mail article
on September 14, 2013.
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-09-12 12:34.
'Excellence in Lawyering' program receives funding boost
The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce a generous gift from Torys LLP
to support the new Torys LLP Excellence in Business Skills for Lawyers Program. The program is part of the law school's long-term goal of becoming the Canadian leader in lawyering skills development. Read the UToday story for more info.
Submitted by a.abel on Fri, 2013-09-06 09:21.
University experts share Canadian oil and mining regulatory experience in Africa
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-09-05 14:07.
Professor Emeritus Pat Knoll
has published Criminal Law Defences
, 4th edition (Carswell). His book is the only comphrensive work on Canadian criminal law defences.
Criminal Law Defences
explains how each possible defence attacks the Crown's case, how it must be made out, the shifting standards and burdens of proof. The first edition was published in 1987 and continues to be of interest to practicing criminal lawyers today.
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-09-04 09:15.
Law alumna uses education and experience in role with Alberta Energy Regulator
Submitted by a.abel on Tue, 2013-09-03 09:19.
The Faculty of Law welcomed the class of 2016 through its doors today, as JD students returned to class for the 2013/2014 academic year. This year’s class is made up of 109 students, with a wide range of degrees from history, political science, business, nursing, kinesiology and land management. The class of 2016 includes a former RCMP officer, oil patch worker, equestrian show jumper, reporter for Phnom Phen Post and an Advisor to the UN Mission in Kosovo.
“Law school is what you make of it,” said dean Ian Holloway. “If you want to get the most out of this place, you must push yourselves and make the best use of this opportunity.”
Submitted by a.abel on Thu, 2013-08-29 08:19.
Growing team of business law experts gives students an edge
Submitted by a.abel on Wed, 2013-08-28 12:22.
University of Calgary mourns Jim Palmer
The Faculty of Law and the University of Calgary community is mourning the passing of its great friend and former chancellor, James (Jim) S. Palmer. Jim died on Tuesday, August 27. Jim was a friend of the law school and an honorary co-chair of the Inspiring Energy.Skills.Excellence
campaign. More details are available here