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Queen’s Law grad publishes ‘outstanding’ book on contemporary armed conflict

(January 11, 2017)

Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Ken Watkin, Law’80, LLM’90, was a military legal officer in the Canadian Armed forces for 28 years, finishing his career as the Judge Advocate General. He has now written a new book arising from his experience advising on international and domestic security operations. In its first review, Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict was called “outstanding” and “the most important single-author International Humanitarian Law (IHL) monograph written in many years.”

JD student wins top university prize for public speaking

(January 4, 2017)

Mark Asfar, Law’17 (Artsci’14), has taken home the Grand Prize, along with its $1,000 reward, for the 75th Annual Andrina McCulloch Public Speaking Competition. The finals of the Queen’s-wide event, hosted by the School of Drama and Music and the Student Life Centre, occurred on November 12 and saw Asfar win over six other finalists.

New leader expands Prison Law Clinic’s mandate and introduces students to litigation experience

(December 23, 2016)

With a new director taking over on January 2, Queen’s Prison Law Clinic (PLC) is gearing up to deepen its commitment to serving the needs of those incarcerated in the Kingston area’s six federal penitentiaries and enhance students’ real-life opportunities to provide legal assistance and representation to them. Sean Ellacott, Law’01, has been part-time review counsel with the PLC since September, supervising four students while finishing off cases at his private practice, Ellacott Law Office, in Kingston. 

Triple appeal court appointments for Law’80 alumna

(December 19, 2016)

After judging on the Court of Queen’s Bench since 2007, Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf, Law’80, has been appointed to the Courts of Appeal for Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. She says she’s ready for the challenge, and colleagues say her intelligence and analytical skills suit her well for a role focused on questions of law rather than the facts of the case. 

Lexpert salutes grads of Law’02 and ’04 as ‘Rising Stars’

(December 14, 2016)

Andrea Boctor, Law’02 (Com’99), and Kate Crawford, Law’04, were recently named to Canadian publisher Lexpert’s 2016 honour roll of “Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40” for achievement in challenging, fast-evolving fields – pension law and health law, respectively. 

LLM alumna gives Queen’s Law Clinics a further boost

(December 8, 2016)

Queen’s Law Clinics has taken another step forward with the appointment of Karla McGrath, LLM’13, as its first Executive Director. While continuing to serve as Director of the Family Law Clinic, she will also now oversee the school’s five clinical programs and streamline them by implementing common policies and procedures when appropriate.

A view from the top: Retired SCC Justice Cromwell gets candid

(December 7, 2016)

Two months after retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Thomas Cromwell, Law’76, LLD’10 (Mus’73), was warmly welcomed back to Queen’s Law for a four-day visit during the first week of November. He took time to sit down with Queen’s Law Reports editor Lisa Graham to share his perspective as a judge serving on Canada’s top court, to discuss what comes next professionally, and to talk about his continuing involvement with his alma mater.