Former Chair Holders
Rosemary Cairns WayProfessor Rosemary Cairns Way teaches criminal law, constitutional law and legal theory. She is the author/editor of Dimensions of Criminal Law, 3rd edition, as well as numerous articles on criminal law theory and on the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the substantive criminal law. She served as Vice-Dean of the English Program for five years between 1999 and 2007. From 1996 - 1999, Professor Cairns Way was the full-time project coordinator of the National Judicial Institute`s Social Context Education Program, a national education program for the Canadian judiciary on equality, diversity and the judicial role. Professor Cairns Way’s approach to teaching is both critical and constructive – her objectives are to encourage her students to imagine the progressive possibilities of law. An opera singer in her spare time, Professor Cairns Way performs regularly with Opera Lyra Ottawa at the National Arts Centre, and dreams of a law school classroom in which Mozart, Verdi and Puccini illuminate and enrich the concepts of equality, professionalism and justice. Her primary research interests centre on equality, and in particular, on the infusion of equality values into judicial education, law school pedagogy, professional responsibility and the substantive criminal law.
Martha JackmanMartha Jackman, B.A. (Queen’s), LL.B. (University of Toronto), LL.M. (Yale), specializes in the area of constitutional law, with a particular focus on issues relating to women and other marginalized groups. She joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1988. She has held various positions within the law school: Director of Graduate Studies in Law; co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law; Vice-Dean of the French Program; and Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. She publishes primarily in the areas of socio-economic rights, equality and the Canadian Charter. She appears regularly before law reform bodies, lawyers, judges and parliamentary committees. She has acted as legal counsel in a number of important Charter cases, including before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Eldridge and Chaoulli cases. She is a member of the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law and a former member of Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada and of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She is the academic director of a five-year, million dollar research project: "Reconceiving Human Rights Practice for the New Social Rights Paradigm," funded under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Community-UniversityResearch Alliance Program. In 2001, she was awarded the Augusta Stowe-Gullen Affirmative Action medal in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of women’s equality. In 2007, she received the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal, which is awarded each year to selected lawyers who have made important contributions to the profession.
LL.B. (Osg.H.), LL.M. (Col.), LL.D. (honoris causa, Law Society of Upper Canada), of the Bar of Ontario, Full Professor
Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B. (Osgoode 1981), LL.M. (Columbia 1984), LL.D. (LSUC 2005), was appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1984 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995. She has taught Criminal Law and Procedure and either Women and the Law or Women and the Legal Profession throughout her teaching career. She has occasionally taught Advanced Criminal Procedure, Torts, and Advanced Studies in Contracts and Torts. She held the Shirley Greenberg Professorship in Women and the Legal Profession from 2002-2005. She currently holds an SSRHC standard research grant for her research that involves purchasing and analyzing the trial transcripts of battered women charged with the homicide of their male partners.
Along with Professor Jennie Abell, Professor Sheehy has published, with Captus Press, two volumes of a Criminal Law and Procedure casebook, Criminal Law and Procedure: Cases, Context and Critique and Criminal Law and Procedure: Proof, Defences and Beyond, used in several law schools. Professor Sheehy has written articles on the criminal law as it affects women, on the Charter, and on torts. She has also been involved in a consultative capacity with the Department of Justice on women's issues in criminal law, with the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) on several cases, with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies on Judge Lynn Ratushny's Self-Defence Review, and, through the Policy Implementation Assistance Program (CIDA), with the Social Affairs Committee of the Vietnam National Assembly on its Gender Equality Law. She will be travelling to South Africa in the fall of 2006 to participate in a 15-year review of women's constitutional rights in Canada and South Africa.
Her most recent book, co-edited with Professor Sheila McIntyre, Calling for Change: Women, Law and the Legal Profession, was published in 2006 by the University of Ottawa Press. She has published an edited collection honouring Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, of the Supreme Court of Canada: Adding Feminism to Law: The Contributions of Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2004) and a special double issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal: Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Law and Policy (2001).
Professor Sanda Rodgers, B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., LL.M., is professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; previously Shirley Greenberg Professor in Women and the Legal Profession; recipient of the Women Lawyers Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession and the Ottawa Women’s Choice Award for Outstanding Contributor to Gender Equity. In 2000 she was an Elected Bencher: Law Society of Upper Canada .She is an expert in Canadian health law, more particularly in women's reproductive health; an Adjudicator under the Grandview Agreement between Ontario and the Grandview Survivors Group and was the sole Adjudicator of the Agreement for Compensation for the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf. She was a Commissioner, Ontario Law Reform Commission and a Consultant to the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies and the Krever Commission on Confidentiality of Health Information, among others. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Court Challenges Programme. As Dean her objective was to ensure that the law school educated its students in the principles and requirements of equality and that feminist principles governed administrative decisions, a subject she has written about. Her research and teaching address issues of women's reproductive equality within the confines of the Canadian Charter. She also has written extensively on issues of sexual violence in the health care setting.