Schulich moot team takes first place
Our National Labour Arbitration Moot team took top honours at the end of January in Toronto. The Schulich School of Law placed first among eight Canadian law schools in this national competition sponsored by the Toronto law firm Mathews Dinsdale. Second-year law students Andrew Mercier and Will McLennan triumphed over the team from the University of Toronto. Congratulations to the students and their coaches, Prof. Lorraine Lafferty and Eric Slone. Thanks to those who assisted with practice rounds, including labour lawyers from Pink Larkin and McInnes Cooper and Prof. Bruce Archibald.
Erdman appointed GHAC chair
In January, Prof. Joanna Erdman began her term as chair of the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations, which is among the largest of the thematic programs of the global philanthropies of George Soros. The Public Health Program is a grant-making and operational program that pursues goals at the intersection of health and rights. The Program also aims to make legal regimes and justice systems more responsive to public health concerns and needs.
Law and journalism schools pair up
The Schulich School of Law and the University of King’s College are offering a new combined law degree and master’s of journalism program, which is the first of its kind in Canada. Students with an undergraduate degree in journalism or experience as a journalist can earn the Master of Journalism/Juris Doctor degree in three years, while those without a journalism background can do the program in four. Everyone must apply separately to, and be accepted by, both the journalism MJ program and the law JD program and pay tuition to both schools.
Naiomi Metallic joins faculty
Naiomi Metallic has accepted a full-time tenure track position with the Law School effective July 1. Metallic, who is from the Listuguj Mi’kmaq First Nation in Quebec, was the first Mi’kmaq person to be a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006. She is currently completing a Professional LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Since 2008, Metallic has guest lectured at the School on subjects such as Cultural Competence, Aboriginal Peoples and the Law, and Evidence. She also taught the Aboriginal Peoples seminar course and coached the Kawaskimhon Moot.
MacKay receives honorary degree
Prof. Wayne MacKay received an honorary degree (Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa) from Saint Mary’s University on Oct. 16. He has had a distinguished career as a university administrator, legal scholar, respected teacher and constitutional and human rights expert. Previously he has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University, as well as an advisor to governments, national agencies and tribunals on Canadian diversity issues, constitutional issues and civil rights and human rights initiatives. Prof. MacKay’s respected opinions are sought by academics, public policy-makers, government, community leaders and local and national media.
Downie receives Trudeau Fellowship
In September, Prof. Jocelyn Downie was chosen by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation as a recipient of its annual prestigious research fellowships. A Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine and a faculty associate of the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie, she is the first Dalhousie scholar to be named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow. A specialist in the legal issues surrounding medically assisted dying, Prof. Downie’s fellowship work will involve the full spectrum of stakeholders to advance law and policy on palliative care, end-of-life treatments, voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Devlin and Royal Society of Canada
In September, Prof. Richard Devlin was named one of 87 new Royal Society of Canada Fellows. According to the RSC, he has “produced some of the most interesting and provocative writing in the area of critical legal studies. [He has] tackled such diverse topics as Irish hunger strikes, disability, Aboriginal rights, corporate law, contract law, constitutional law, and judicial bias.” More recently, anticipating profound changes in the context of legal practice and the regulation of the legal profession, Prof. Devlin has written extensively about judicial ethics, self-regulation and legal ethics education, which has pushed him to the forefront of this field.
Llewellyn wins restorative justice award
The Correctional Service of Canada presented the 2015 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award to Prof. Jennifer Llewellyn on Nov. 16 in Quebec City, as part of the annual National Restorative Justice Symposium. Prof. Llewellyn is the Viscount Bennett Professor at the Schulich School of Law and an international expert in restorative justice. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law.
Smith Shield Moot winners
Last year’s Smith Shield Moot winners were Emily Hansen and Kathryn Piché, who received the A.S. Pattillo Prize in Advocacy. The runners-up were James Boyle and Lauren Soubolsky, who received the Leonard Kitz Prize in Advocacy. Thank you to The Honourable Justice Joel E. Fichaud of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, The Honourable Justice Denise Boudreau of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Jill Perry, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Prof. Cynthia Chewter would like to thank Jason Cooke of Burchells for his assistance with the development of the moot problem.
Chircop named Canada Research Chair
Prof. Aldo Chircop was named the Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy. Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs program has helped attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Canada Research Chairs deepen our knowledge, enhance our quality of life and grow our economy. Dalhousie University will receive $5.7 million for these new chairs. The Marine and Environmental Law Institute is home to both Prof. Aldo Chircop, Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy, and Prof. David VanderZwaag, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance.
Shapiro wins DOJ Excellence Award
Prof. Jonathan Shapiro was part of a small federal Department of Justice litigation team that recently won a DOJ National Excellence Award for their work on the Manuge file. The case was a national class action lawsuit over military-pension clawbacks brought by discharged veterans. The lead plaintiff was disabled Halifax veteran Dennis Manuge, who was injured in an accident at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in Ontario just before being deployed to Bosnia in 2001. For the Manuge file, Shapiro wrote the certification motion and several other stages of the case, including the constitutional argument. The estimated total value of the proposed settlement, which was awarded in 2013, was up to $887.8 million, including $423.3 million in retroactive payments, which in turn includes $82.6 million in interest.
Our Sopinka Cup team
Schulich students took first and second place in the McKelvey Cup regional competition in Moncton on February 12-13. Ria Guidone and Mary Brown qualified to go to Ottawa and represent the region; Vin Mishra and Kathryn Piche were runners-up. Ria won the award for best opening, best cross-examination, and best overall advocate; Kathryn won the award for best direct examination. Many thanks to coaches Brian Casey, Mike Scott, and Jeremy Smith.