Common Law Alumna Marlyse Dumel and term professor Walter Vincent Clifford appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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The Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario announced on February 17 that Faculty of Law, Common Law Alumna Marlyse Dumel (LL.B. 2000) and term professor Walter Vincent Clifford have been appointed as new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective March 1, 2017.

Justice Dumel has been with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada since 2004. In addition to conducting criminal prosecutions, her work has included developing training materials and providing training and support for police. She has also served as secretary of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada's National Prosecution Policy Committee and as a member of its National Employment Equity Committee.

Justice Dumel is a founding member of the Afro-Caribbean Cotillion, where she mentors young women in job search, resume writing, and youth and the law sessions. She also volunteers with the University of Ottawa's Programme pré-doit, and is a mentor with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Ottawa's Women's Legal Mentorship program. She was called to the bar in 2002.

Justice Clifford was called to the bar in 1991. During his career, Justice Clifford has represented individuals in hundreds of trials, including more than fifteen homicide cases in the eastern region. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law in 2008. In 2010 and 2011, he provided training in the Mexican state of Yucatan, as part of a binational initiative aimed at developing an adversarial system of criminal justice in Mexico.

Justice Clifford has been a term professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law since 2010. He has also lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School, Queen's University Faculty of Law, Carleton University and Algonquin College.

Justice Dumel and Justice Clifford will both preside in Ottawa.

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