Law student affairs news
Jodi Ettenberg, BCL/LLB’02, (leftmost on photograph) left a flourishing career at a firm in New York City in 2008 to travel the world. What was initially intended to be a year-long journey has turned into a much bigger undertaking. She writes about the influence of her legal background on her experiences.
What does one do with a law degree these days? The Faculty’s Career Development Office takes the question in its broadest sense and offers up a multitude of possibilities, addressing how the economic climate and changing legal landscape affect the search for a job. (Our cover article for this month)
Vrinda Narain practiced as a lawyer in Delhi for six years before taking on an LLM and a DCL degree at McGill. Now an assistant professor cross-appointed in the Faculties of Law and of Arts (at the McGill Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies [IGSF]), she offers her critical take on multiculturalism and comments on what the upheaval in the Middle East means for women there.
The Faculty’s moot teams began their competitions in February and have amassed some stellar results thus far, taking first-place in several moots, along with various other prizes in contests such as the Laskin, the Mignault, the Sopinka, the Gale Cup and the Jessup. And the season has just begun!
The insights 4L Philip Duguay drew from a summer spent in South Africa led him to write an article about wind energy development in the country, which will be published this month in the March issue of the Oxford University Journal of World Energy Law and Business. (in French)
Lawyers making fun of themselves to raise money for charity: it’s not a joke, but Skit Nite at the Faculty of Law does have a reputation for milking the experiences of students, professors and lawyers themselves for punch lines that hit close to home.
For her record of volunteerism and community service, Nam has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 McGill Alumni Association’s (MAA) James G. Wright award, which will be presented at the MAA Awards Banquet on May 26.
Drawing on his education and experiences at McGill, John Haffner, BCL/LLB ’06, currently a renewable energy executive based in Asia, argues that American law schools could benefit from “more expansive and globally enriched curricula.” (Originally published February 8, 2011, in The Huffington Post.)
Enough with the ubiquitous purple and pink hearts of Valentine’s Day! Mélanie Mader is here to talk about the real thing. The newest member of the Faculty’s Research Group in Health and Law wants to have a frank discussion about organ donation and she has an unusual suggestion for doing so.
Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse joined the Faculty of Law in 2006 as an intellectual property specialist, and quickly gained a reputation for his sense of humour in the classroom. Focus online asked him a few questions on the repercussions of intellectual property law on our social and cultural values. (In French)
Chiara Fish, a third-year student at the Faculty, shares her experiences working as a human rights intern in Iqaluit, from helping with legal research to representing clients during bail hearings.
Funds from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt go towards state-of-the-art classrooms and the Fasken Martineau Excellence Fund supports three priorities: student research into corporate social responsibility; academic excellence; and the operating costs of the McGill Journal of Law and Health.
January 2011 saw a visit from the Honourable Speaker of the House Peter Milliken (left); a Research Group in Health and Law lecture on euthanasia and assisted suicide with Jocelyn Downie; and two Faculty events on religion and law.
Last week, the team of Katrina Peddle and Anja Kortenaar (pictured here during practice) won the Guy-Guérin Cup, Quebec's regional round for the Sopinka Cup. In addition, Katrina Peddle won for best opening statement and Anja Kortenaar for best closing statement.