Common Law Welcomes Back Professor Elizabeth Sanderson (LL.B. 1979) as Inaugural Public Service Mentor-in-Residence

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Elizabeth Sanderson and the Common Law logo

Elizabeth Sanderson (LL.B. 1979) will return to the Common Law Section in for the 2018-19 academic year and serve as the Faculty’s inaugural Public Service Mentor-in-Residence. She will also teach the first year course Introduction to Public and Constitutional Law.


Professor Sanderson spent more than three decades in public service, mostly with Justice Canada. She began her illustrious career at Justice in 1979 as an articling student and rose through the ranks to become the department’s Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG) as “ADAG-Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio” between 2005 and 2010. She also served as Counsel to the Department of External Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada); Counsel and then Senior Counsel in the Human Rights Law Section – Public Law Sector; Senior Counsel/Legal Coordinator – Canadian Unity Group; Senior Counsel – Legal Services Unit – Human Resources Development Canada; Chair, Steering Committee and Justice Employment Equity Champion; Senior General Counsel, Public Law Policy Section, Policy Sector; and Co-Chair of the Department of Justice Senior Committee on Information Technology.


From 2010-14, Professor Sanderson served as the Justice Public Servant-in-Residence at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. She taught Torts and courses on Government Lawyering in both French and English. In addition, Professor Sanderson was an active member of the Faculty’s Public Law Group, and informally mentored many students interested in a career in public service.  


In 2014, she left the Faculty of Law to take up the post of Deputy Minister of Justice for Nunavut, a position she held from 2014 to 2016. Since this time, she worked on a manuscript for a book on Government Lawyering, which will be published by Lexis Nexis in 2018.


Dean Adam Dodek expressed his excitement at Professor Sanderson’s return to the Faculty: “Elizabeth Sanderson was a great ambassador for public service and for the Department of Justice. She was an active member of the Common Law community during her time as a Public Servant-in-Residence and I am elated to welcome her back as our inaugural Public Service Mentor-in-Residence. Our students will greatly benefit from her experience, her advice and her enthusiasm for public service.”


Professor Sanderson can be reached at

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