Law student affairs news
BCL/LLB student Joshua Krane has won the first prize in the undergraduate category of the Chaire du notariat – 2007 Concours de rédaction juridique. The paper, "Beneficiary-Initiated Modification of Trusts: A Comparative Examination," explored whether beneficiaries of Quebec trusts can modify their trusts without court approval. The paper, written under the supervision of Professors Madeleine Cantin-Cumyn and Lionel Smith, will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Revue générale de droit. Bravo, Joshua!
Each semester, McGill Law students write articles on a variety of pressing legal subjects within the law, running the gamut from international tribunals to complex transactions to family law. However, these articles reach only a specialized audience. Here is an opportunity to benefit from the cross-pollination that might result from a discussion of and comparison among papers drafted for different courses that have common themes, or that draw on common ideas. This workshop allows any interested student to present his or her work to other faculty members and students. Papers may be drawn from any area of scholarship being pursued by students enrolled at the faculty. Students who are interested in presenting their paper will be placed on a panel with three or four other students. Each student on the panel will be invited to discuss his or her paper for not more than 10 minutes. Interested students are invited to send an email to Professor Kim Brooks by February 22. Include your name, contact information, a tit
Doctoral student Anna Conley has won the Quebec Society of Comparative Law's (QSCL) first prize in the Graduate category, while BCL/LLB student Julia Nicol won first prize in the Undergraduate category. The Faculty and their supervisors warmly congratulate them.
The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) at McGill University will host its first annual conference March 7-8, 2008, in Montreal. The objective of the conference is to provide a lively, engaging forum for students to share their continuing research on a wide variety of law-related subjects. The theme of the conference this year will consider law and its transformation, focusing on the substantive and methodological aspects of graduate legal research. Prof. R.A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Chair of Constitutional Law, former dean of McGill's Faculty of Law and former president of the Law Commission of Canada, will present the keynote address. Abstracts deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008. See "More information" below to download the PDF information sheet.
Over the summer of 2008, BCL/LLB student Andrew Brighten will have the rare opportunity to learn more about animal law and litigation by participating in a 10-week clerkship at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in California.
The Faculty wishes to congratulate Jane Caskey (LLB'95), Sunny Handa (BCom'89, LLM'95, DCL'98), Desmond Lee (LLB'96), Christopher Naudie (BA'90, BCL/LLB'94), Martin Valasek (BCL/LLB'98) and Justin Vineberg (BCom'93, BCL/LLB'97), who have won this year's Lexpert Leading Lawyers Under 40 award.
The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to doctoral candidate Mélanie Bourassa Forcier and alumnus Benjamin Perrin (LLM'07), who were among the 17 exceptional Canadians chosen this year for Action Canada Fellowships. In total, four students and alums from McGill University were selected for this honour.
Albert Chen (Law III), Paul Clark (LLM), Mante Molepo (Law IV) and Parul Shah (Law IV) represented McGill and Canada at the ELSA WTO Moot Competition, May 1-6, 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland, taking the prize for best complainant's submission in the international written round.
The Faculty is pleased to report that this year's Vis moot team, comprised of Albert Chen, Martin Doe, Annie Guérard-Langlois and Rachel St. John, took home the second-place award (ex aequo with Columbia) for claimant's factum.
Congratulations to Laura Buckingham (Law IV), who is this year's winner of the 2007 Allan Falconer Memorial Student Essay Competition for her article "Striking Back: The Tort Action for Spousal Violence." The contest is run by the Canadian Journal of Family Law (CJFL), an interdisciplinary academic journal at UBC that publishes articles on a wide variety of family law issues in both English and French on topics in either common law or civil law. Along with presenting Laura with a monetary prize, the CJFL will publish her article in its upcoming July 2007 publication.
Alumnus Jean-Philippe Dallaire (BCL/LLB'06 with great distinction) has won one of the five 2006-2007 10-month internships from the Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant.
The Faculty of Law is pleased to report that LLM student Emmanuel Henri Ravanas has won, ex-aequo, the Prix de la Chaire du Notariat (administered by the Chair, which is at Université de Montréal). His topic is "Les difficultés d'introduction de la fiducie québécoise dans les pays de tradition civiliste connaissant l'institution de la réserve héréditaire. L'exemple de la France." The Faculty extends its congratulations to Mr. Ravanas and his supervisor, Professor Madeleine Cantin Cumyn.