Meagan Berlin, Law ’16, was one of 14 Canadian university students chosen to attend this year’s Japan-Canada Academic Consortium (JACAC) Student Forum. An equal number of Japanese students similarly selected from a variety of academic backgrounds gathered with the Canadians at Meiji University in Tokyo February 14-23 to exchange ideas on a topic of mutual interest: “Toward a Sustainable Economic and Social Development: Challenges in Aging Society in Canada and Japan.”
Queen’s Law recently welcomed the Hon. John Gerretsen, MPP, Law ’67 (Arts ’64), Attorney General of Ontario and former mayor of Kingston. In the Q&A with students about his experience in law and politics, he spanned a variety of topics ranging from the role of his current ministry to climate change concerns.
Against the background of escalating conflict between Aboriginal justice issues and the economy-driven push for resource development in Canada, Queen’s Law students had an opportunity recently to hear the views of two First Nations alumni in leadership roles. A strong message from both was to study the context.
Blaine Favel, Law ’90, the only aboriginal CEO in Canada’s oil and gas industry, delivered a talk entitled “Challenges with Reconciling Aboriginal Interests and the Canadian Economy: An Energy Perspective.” Favel is Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, Executive Chairman of Calgary’s One Earth Oil & Gas Inc., a Harvard MBA grad, and a former Chief (1994-98) of the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.
Bryan Guertin and Ben Snow, both Law ’15, recently beat out teams from five other Ontario law schools to win the province’s trial advocacy competition -- the Arnup Cup.
They had spent more than three months getting ready for the annual competition sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP and organized by The Advocates’ Society. As they entered the Toronto courtroom on February 4-5 with the Arnup Cup on the line, though, they understood their preparations might be rendered meaningless as soon as the first witness took the stand.
On February 28 and March 1, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s (FLSQ) will host a conference on “Arctic/Northern Women: Situating Law and Justice in Development and Equality.” This ground-breaking, interdisciplinary, and multinational event will bring to campus experts in Indigenous, northern, and Arctic issues from Finland, Sweden, Norway, the U.S., and Canada. Researchers, law practitioners, representatives of non-profits, and policy advocates will examine how their fast-evolving and intersecting fields are shaping contemporary Arctic/northern and Indigenous politics.
Queen’s Law won second place in the annual Mathews Dinsdale & Clark Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot, which took place January 24-26 in Toronto. Oralists Jessica Liu and Angela Wiggins, both Law ’15, led the team to a strong finish in the finals. The team was coached by Professor Kevin Banks, with effective backing from researcher Swarna Perinparajah, Law ’15, and student coaches Giovanna DiSauro, Melissa McKay and Chanelle Wong, all Law ’14.
The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has once again included Queen’s Law alumnae in its roster of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.” The three named are all in the corporate executive category: Judy Goldring, Law’91, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, AGF Management; Leslie O’Donoghue, QC, Law’88, Executive VP, Corporate Development & Strategy and Chief Risk Officer, Agrium Inc.; and Linda Mantia, Law’92, Executive VP, Cards and Payment Solutions, RBC.
Shelagh Carnegie, Law '01, has been named to Lexpert's latest list of "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40." The award recognizes her work with a diverse group of high-profile clients in Canada and around the world, from large public and private companies to respected artists and charities.
A partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Toronto in the intellectual property group, Carnegie practises trademark and entertainment law. Her clients include Starbucks, Hewlett-Packard and the Canadian Standards Association.* "We manage the intellectual property of Canadian clients worldwide, coming up with creative ways of dealing with roadblocks in different countries."
For the new Queen’s Law Alberta Alumni Council, priority number one is to build community.
For the second consecutive year, Queen’s Law has been named number three among all Canadian common-law schools by the Maclean's Law School Rankings. The 2012 and 2013 rankings remain the highest for the school since the list was first published in 2007.