The County of Carleton Law Association has recently renamed its library The Gordon F. Henderson Library. Gordon F. Henderson was an accomplished intellectual property lawyer, as well as a philanthropist, humanitarian and civic leader in Ottawa. He also served on the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa and as chancellor of the University from 1991-1993.
The County of Carleton Law Association has recently renamed its library The Gordon F. Henderson Library November 14, 2019close
Appointment of Orlando Da Silva, LSM, as Wellness Mentor-in-Residence November 7, 2019close
It is with pleasure we announce the appointment of Orlando Da Silva, LSM as a Wellness Mentor-in-Residence. Orlando is one of the truly great leaders in our profession. During his time as President of the Ontario Bar Association from 2014-15, Orlando made raising awareness about mental health problems in the legal profession his top priority. He spoke about his own struggles and in so doing encouraged others to come forward and seek help.
Since his term of office concluded, Orlando has continued to speak across the country to raise awareness about mental health. He has made a particular effort to speak at law schools across the country. We have been fortunate to have hosted Orlando several times over the past few years, most recently this semester during Wellness Week. Orlando was recently appointed Chief Administrator/CEO of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada and has moved to Ottawa to take up this position. He has generously agreed to serve as a Wellness Mentor-in-Residence for our students on a pro bono basis. In this capacity, he will hold office hours each week at the Faculty beginning this November and be available to meet with students as will be coordinated by Jessica Simon.
In this capacity, Orlando will hold office hours each week at the Faculty beginning November 18th and be available to meet with students.
You may schedule a 15-minute session with Orlando through The Source (‘Appointments’ tab – under Wellness Mentoring).
Fall 2019 mentoring schedule:
Monday, from 11:30-13:00 (FTX413)
- November 18,
- November 25,
- December 2,
- December 9,
- and December 16
We are incredibly grateful to Orlando and look forward to building additional health and wellness supports for our students as we move forward with implementing our soon-to-be-released Strategic Plan.
Sheila Block, LL.B. 1972 and the Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, LL.L. 1979 made Honorary Benchers of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple November 5, 2019close
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple travelled to Canada from London in September for their 2019 Amity Tour and stopped in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Two distinguished Canadian jurists were made honorary benchers of the Middle Temple during this tour: uOttawa grads Sheila Block LL.B. 1972 and the Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, LL.L. 1979.
Middle Temple is a modern institution in England with a long and distinguished history. Their membership is comprised of students, barristers and senior members of the Bar and Judiciary. The core functions of Middle Temple include teaching, training and calling students to the bar.
The highlight of the Ottawa stop was when Justice Rosalie Abella delivered a wonderful speech at the NAC that left many in the audience teary-eyed and inspired. Speaking from the heart, she contemplated the state of the profession, its future, and her role in the profession over the past 40 years. Those in attendance will not soon forget Justice Abella recounting her parents' early struggles and triumphs.
The Tour made its way to Toronto next, where barristers teamed up with Canadian lawyers, Guy Pratte and Sheila Block LL.B. 1972 to put on a mock court demonstration. It was presented to the Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable George R. Strathy, the Honourable Kathryn N. Feldman, the Rt Hon The Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and the Hon Justice Graeme Mew, Superior Court of Justice. Professor Anthony Daimsis, our moot court Director, was accompanied by several or our Common Law moot alumni to attend the mock court demonstration.
On Friday night, uOttawa grads Chief Justice Richard Wagner, LL.L. 1979 and Sheila Block LL.B. 1972 were “benched” and became Honorary Benchers of the Middle Temple. Proud uOttawa graduates were present to join in the celebration at Osgoode Hall.
Dr. Jula Hughes LLB 1999 Appointed as Dean of Law at Lakehead University October 23, 2019close
Congratulations to University of Ottawa Faculty of Law alumna (class of 1999) Dr. Jula Hughes who has been named Dean of the Bora Laskin faculty of Law at Lakehead University.
Prior to being appointed as Dean, Dr. Hughes was a full professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick where she was also a University Research Scholar and the principal investigator on a research and community action collaboration titled “Looking out for each other”, an initiative that supports Indigenous Communities and Aboriginal organizations to support families and friends of missing persons. Before she was appointed at the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Hughes practiced human rights law in Ottawa.
The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University is a regional law school, focused in Northern Ontario. Its mandates are Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum. Dr. Hughes’ experience is expected make her an excellent fit for the faculty, which she is excited to join because of their commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and access to justice.
University of Ottawa Common Law-Ecojustice Clinic successfully held the Ontario government accountable in court. October 22, 2019close
On October 11th, 2019, uOttawa Common Law - Ecojustice Clinic successfully held the Ontario government accountable for breaching Ontarians’ environmental rights: Two of three judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the Ontario government acted illegally when it killed the province’s cap-and-trade carbon price without doing public consultation with Ontarians as required by the Environmental Bill of Rights.
“Ontario's former cap-and-trade system, which linked markets with Quebec and California, aimed to lower emissions by capping the amount of pollution companies in certain industries were allowed to emit.
A cap-and-trade system sets a limit on greenhouse gas emissions, but allows companies below the cap to "trade" their unused allowance to larger polluters.” As explained by Nick Boisvert in his October 11th CBC article.
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law organization, to establish the uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental law Clinic.
The uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic fills a major gap in Canada’s environmental capacity, by providing a long-needed public interest environmental law organization in the nation’s capital.
It is well-positioned to serve the environmental law and policy interests of both local and national clientele, including environmental, aboriginal and community groups in both official languages.
This latest legal victory by the uOttawa Common Law-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic is a definitive proof that the students played an important role through their research contributions and have a positive impact on the Ontario population.
It is with donor support that the clinic can be sustained to help train the next generation of environmental law and policy leaders.
Involving students in pressing environmental issues under the direct guidance of experienced lawyers and professors makes for a rich blend of rigorous academic training and invaluable work/life experience.
By supporting the Clinic, you will be making a sound investment in the future leaders of Canada’s legal and environmental movement.
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