Common Law Honour Society 2016

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017

Common Law Honour Society Recipients for 2016

Common Law is pleased to announce that Maxine Ethier (LL.B. 2006), Craig Forcese (LL.B. 1997), and Jean Lash (LL.B. 2003) will be inducted into the Common Law Honour Society for 2016.

These three individuals have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success in their chosen professions.  They join a distinguished list of prior inductees, which can be viewed here.


Maxine Ethier (LL.B. 2006)

Maxine Ethier is a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Global Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Group. Ms. Ethier represents public authorities, private sector proponents, infrastructure funds, construction contractors, service providers and lenders on the procurement, financing and implementation of major projects as well as in connection with any acquisition or sale of major projects.

Before joining Baker McKenzie, Ms. Ethier was an Associate with Heenan Blaikie LLP and was actively involved in the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Financial Services Law and Business Law practice groups.

During her time at Heenan Blaikie and now at Baker McKenzie, Ms. Ethier developed a deep interest in the area of major projects and public-private partnerships (P3s). Her extensive experience representing clients in corporate and commercial law transactions, with emphasis on infrastructure, renewable energy projects and P3s has positioned her as one of Canada’s leading technical lawyers.

Ms. Ethier is an active participant in the Women’s Infrastructure Network, Women in Energy of Canada and Young Leaders in Infrastructure. She is a passionate advocate for women in law, and enthusiastically mentors junior associates in the Baker McKenzie Mentoring Program.

Ms. Ethier received her B. Com. from the University of Ottawa in 2003, and completed her law degree at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section in 2006. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007.


Craig Forcese (LL.B. 1997)

Craig Forcese obtained his B.A. from McGill University, his LL.B./M.A. from the uOttawa/Carleton joint program and his LL.M. from Yale University. He joined the Faculty of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2003, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. He is a member of the Bars of Ontario, State of New York and District of Columbia.

Professor Forcese is a leading scholar and academic in the fields of national security law, international law and public law. His work and analysis with University of Toronto Professor Kent Roach on Bill C-51 has helped to educate journalists, politicians, advocates and members of the public on Canadian anti-terror laws and policies. These efforts have led the Government of Canada to agree to modify portions of the Bill – a significant achievement that speaks to his hard work, dedication and brilliant analysis. 

Professor Forcese is equally committed to pedagogical excellence. He has developed and taught a wide-range of courses, led a variety of student programs, and has received multiple teaching awards during his time at the Faculty. He has supervised 30 graduate students since becoming professor, and served as Vice Dean of the English Program from 2011 to 2014.

Professionally, he currently serves as president of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and sits on the executive on the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) and the Canadian Council on International Law. He is also a Senior Associate at the Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

A prolific writer, Professor Forcese has authored or co-authored eight books (including four textbooks), edited two more, and published over 45 journal articles and book chapters. He maintains three influential law blogs and is committed to making his expertise available in the broader community.


Jean Lash (LL.B. 2003)

Jean Lash completed her law degree at the University of Ottawa in 2003 and is currently a staff lawyer at the South Ottawa Community Legal Services Clinic, where she represents clients in the areas of Immigration and Refugee Law, and Landlord and Tenant Law.

Ms. Lash acquired a wealth of experience as a policy assistant for an M.P., and later the Minister of Labour, and as an international development worker before enrolling in law school later in her career. She has spent her legal career serving the most marginalized and vulnerable persons in our society, including those with mental illness and who have experienced gendered violence. Ms. Lash has worked to reunite families in Canada, and she collaborates with counselors, doctors, settlement workers and other lawyers to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients. She is described by her peers as an exemplary social justice lawyer who is tirelessly striving to create more access to justice.

Ms. Lash is also engaged in the community. She served on the Board of Directors of the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She has also led numerous workshops to educate the public about immigration and landlord tenant law. Ms. Lash was also a founding member of the committee that conceptualized and implemented the Monument to Canadian Aid Workers, which commemorates Canadian Aid Workers killed in the course of their work abroad. Her husband, Timothy Stone, died tragically while working abroad in 1998.

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