Samantha Peters, JD ’16, is a proud alumna who lives law differently.
Samantha has joined the Faculty of Law on a part-time basis for the 2020-2021 academic year as the Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence. In this role, Samantha will provide one-on-one and group academic and career mentorship to Black law students, and will provide expertise in the development of supportive programming and anti-racism initiatives.
Globally, the liberal world order is facing unprecedented challenges driven by a new era of ideological conflict and competition. Illiberal states are developing sustained campaigns to upend once settled norms and values such as democracy and multilateral cooperation. Canada is not immune to this phenomenon.
The Common Law Section launched in April 2020 the Summer Student Support Initiative (SSSI). The SSSI is one of the ways that the Faculty responded to the significant negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of the usual summer experiential learning and employment activities for our students, with many jobs and other opportunities cancelled or postponed.
Congratulations to University of Ottawa Common Law alumna Annamie Paul, LLB ’95, who became the leader of the Green Party of Canada on October 3rd, 2020. She is the first Black person and first Jewish woman to be elected as the head of a national political party in Canadian history.
Professor Aimée Craft has been appointed to the newly-created Reference Group for the Appropriate Review of Indigenous Research, an initiative of Canada’s Tri-Council research funding agencies — the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Canadian Institutes of Health Research — to guide the development and implementation of culturally appropriate review approaches and practices for research conducted by and with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Law governs every aspect of our lives. But navigating law’s thousands of norms and millions of documents is challenging – even for lawyers. A new research lab at the University of Ottawa seeks to harness technology in an effort to reduce law's complexity. By treating legal texts as data, thousands of contracts or judgments can be investigated, categorized and analyzed within seconds, making law more accessible to everyone. This is the mission of uOttawa’s new Legal Technology Lab.