Law student affairs news
Mediation at McGill (mediationmcgill.org), a community mediation initiative run by law students, recently received a generous donation of $2,500 to support its activities. The gift was made by Me Eric Cadl, Me Douglas Mitchell (BCL’88, LLB’88), Me Odette Jobin-Laberge, the Hon. Louise Otis, and Me Sylvain Lussier, five Montreal practitioners who are among the authors of the book Recours et procédures en appel, which received the Walter Owen Prize.
LSA President Selected from a Pool of 500 Applicants This year’s President of the McGill Law Student Association, Éloïse Gagné, is one of 11 Canadian university students who will spend a day shadowing some of the country’s top senior executives. Gagné will shadow Thierry Vandal, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, on February 12. The fourth-year student will have the opportunity to put into practice the concepts she has been learning at the Faculty, and to acquire real-world tools and skills she’ll need when launching her career.
The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for the first time and for no more than three years (whichever is later).
A team of five McGill students won the 2013 Hult Prize, valued at $1 million for their social enterprise project to secure food for undernourished communities in urban slums. Among them is Shobhita Soor, a Law/MBA student. Read the story in the McGill Reporter: http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2013/09/desautels-mba-team-wins-2013-hult-prize-competition/
The Faculties of Arts and Law are happy to announce that Professor Ronald Niezen, a former Chair of McGill’s Department of Anthropology who held the Canada Research Chair in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity, has been appointed as the first incumbent of the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy.
Andrea Bjorklund first incumbent of Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law
The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Andrea K. Bjorklund has been appointed as the first incumbent of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
McGill Law alumnus Jean Frédéric Ménard, BCL/LLB’05, (@jfredmenard), is among the 14 newly announced recipients of Trudeau Scholarships.
The Faculty was happy to learn that Marvin H. Coleby, VP external of the Black Law Students Association of McGill (BLSAM), has been elected President of the Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSAC) for the 2013-2014 Term. Marvin Coleby campaigned on a platform of youth empowerment, the refocusing of cultural and racial rights, closer Canada-US ties, and the implications of common and civil jurisdiction mixing for Black jurists.
Six students of McGill's Faculty of Law will serve as law clerks to justices of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014. They are Marc-André Roy (Justice Cromwell), Nicola Langille (Justice Fish’s successor), , Zain Naqi (Justice Moldaver), Molly Krishtalka (Justice Karakatsanis), Ian Dahlman (Justice LeBel’s successor), and Marcus Moore (Chief Justice McLachlin) [not in photo]. They are all in their third year of the BCL/LLB program.
The Faculty of Law was delighted to hear that two of its students were awarded Scarlet Key Awards during a pining ceremony held at McGill’s Faculty Club on March 22, 2013. Graham Splawski and Sandra Aigbinode both received their Scarlet Key pins from Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, in recognition of their efforts to help support McGill and the broader community.
The Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), of the Faculty of Law at McGill University, invites applications to the Arsenault Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The IASL intends to appoint one or two Postdoctoral Research Fellow(s), to start 1 September 2013. The position(s) is (are) funded by the Erin J C Arsenault Trust Fund. The research team is led by Prof. Ram Jakhu, Associate Professor, and Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law. The position(s) is (are) for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
Aisenstadt Student Research Fellowship 2013 The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) is pleased to open this call for applications for a Nussia & André Aisenstadt Student Research Fellow for the summer of 2013.
International human rights experts convene at Echenberg Family Global Conference to address democratic citizenship and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms on a global scale How do we bridge the gap between the theory of human rights and the complex social, political and economic realities of a turbulent and interconnected world? The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) and the McGill Faculty of Law will host the Echenberg Family Conference, “Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom”.
Call for Papers: Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation
Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation. Deadline for papers: February 8, 2013.
On November 16, 2012 at an event at the Ottawa Convention Centre to mark the 130th anniversary of Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Governor General David Johnston announced the creation of a new library at Walter House, the RSC’s new headquarters in Ottawa. “I am equally delighted to announce that this new reading room, with the support and encouragement of his many friends, colleagues and loved ones, is to be named in honour of Rod Macdonald,” he added.