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‘Quintessential common law judge’ Cromwell celebrated at Queen’s symposium

(September 25, 2017)

At a symposium held in his honour, recently retired Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell, Law’76, LLD’10 (Mus’73) received heaps of praise, as well as some playful criticism, from friends and colleagues. The symposium, inspired by the upcoming publication of In Furtherance of Justice: The Judicial Life of Thomas A. Cromwell, a commemorative volume of the Supreme Court Law Review, was one of the events held on September 9 to help celebrate the Faculty of Law’s 60th anniversary. 

Clerkships a launch pad to thriving legal careers

(September 22, 2017)

Queen’s Law students continue to be successful in securing placements in a variety of clerkships to work with judges in courts across Canada. Thirteen new grads have just begun clerking for a 12-month period and six have lined up positions for the 2018–19 year. It’s now time for students to consider clerking opportunities and the school is ready to help. 

New JD students receive warm welcome into Queen’s Law community

(September 15, 2017)

Last week’s Orientation introduced some 200 new Queen’s Law students to the campus and to the peers who will be joining them on their journey through law school. “Orientation Week is all about making our new students feel welcome, excited, supported and equipped for the whirlwind of a year they have ahead of them,” says Siobhan Morris, Law’19, who chaired the committee that did just that. 

Articling students help thriving Queen’s Law Clinics meet increased demand

(September 8, 2017)

This year marks another milestone for the Queen’s Law Clinics (QLC): the hiring of the most articling students in its history. Since Queen’s Law’s five clinics were brought together in downtown Kingston in 2015, demand for all their services has increased significantly. Three full-time articling students, all Law’17 alumni, are needed to provide legal services to clients and to mentor student caseworkers. 

Queen’s Law issues call to Indigenous artists to create artwork for atrium

Indigenous Art Project(September 5, 2017)

Students, instructors, guests and community members visiting Queen’s Faculty of Law will soon be welcomed into the building by a display of Indigenous artwork. The piece, which is part of the Faculty’s response to Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force, will directly reflect Indigenous peoples and their relationship to the law.

Landmark trade and labour ruling denies U.S. complaint; decision of panel led by Queen’s Law professor

(August 30, 2017)

Professor Kevin Banks had the honour to chair the first ever state-to-state arbitration of an international labour law dispute and his panel released its final report this summer. The subject: a dispute between the United States and Guatemala under the Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement on whether Guatemala had failed to enforce its own labour laws and whether that had affected U.S.-Guatemala trade.

New education developer to foster innovative teaching and learning at Queen’s Law

(August 24, 2017)

Increasing student engagement through active learning is a top priority for Queen’s Law and now the school has its own in-house Education Innovation Developer. Katherine Prescott (BSc, MEng, BEd) started her new position on July 24, bringing more than 20 years of experience in designing and delivering courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels.