As part of a bilingual course, entitled Feminist Law Reform/Réforme féministe du droit, taught by Professor Martha Jackman, students must write an op-ed on an issue related to an injustice and calling for an urgent reform of the law.
When Esti Azizi entered law school, she had an interest in criminal law, and specifically in criminal prosecution. “But my biggest fear was what if I enter this profession and contribute to a wrongful conviction," the now 3L said. “To me, it is such a horror to think that I could potentially contribute to a wrongful conviction. That fear encouraged me to learn more about the subject and how to prevent them.”
Ed Ratushny, Professor Emeritus at the Common Law Section, has been invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, a distinction awarded to those who have demonstrated an outstanding level of talent and service to Canadians.
In a simulated meeting of the UN Security Council, virtually convened on 15 November 2021, Common Law students passed a resolution, making a series of recommendations to the international community to help the people of Afghanistan at the time of catastrophe. The unanimously passed SC resolution (S/RES/2606 (2021)) covers, inter alia, helping the people of Afghanistan, the role of the United Nations, the question of representation of Taliban in the United Nations, and the UN sanctions on Taliban.
The 14th edition of the annual Nelligan Law First Year Moot Court Competition was held on November 13-15, 2021. Over 140 first-year students in the English Program competed in the preliminary rounds, held on the morning of November 13. The 1L students were divided into hearings with two appellant counsel facing off against two respondent counsel. In a competition first, all hearings were held online, allowing 57 judges from across Canada and abroad (including one in London, England!) to judge.
The Honorable R.J. Simpson, Minister of Justice and Government House Leader, announced the judicial appointment of Jeannie Scott, LL.B. ’08, to the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, effective October 8, 2021.
Hats off to these three Common Law alumni, who have recently been named among the 2021 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Canadian Lawyer describes the winners as possessing the “ability to influence public opinion and to help shape the laws of this country and others, contribute to the strength and quality of legal services, involvement and impact within the justice community, and social and political influence and involvement.”
It is our pleasure to announce the renewal of Professor Natasha Bakht as the Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women in the Legal Profession (2022-2024). Professor Bakht is the sixth Greenberg Chair since its inception in 2002: Professor Elizabeth Sheehy (twice: 2002-05 and 2013-16); Professor Sanda Rodgers (2005-07); Professor Martha Jackman (2007-11); Professor Rosemary Cairns Way (2011-13); and Professor Angela Cameron (2016-20).