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JD student recommends mentorship program without a ‘shadow’ of a doubt

(March 23, 2017)

Every winter, dozens of Queen’s Law students take part in the Shadow Program, in which first-year JDs are matched with alumni and shadow them for a day to learn about the legal world in practice. Taylor Burnie, Law’19, was one of those fortunate students this February.

Longtime Queen's lawyer always looked to mediation, reconciliation

(February 10, 2017)

Even though she served many years as the university’s Legal Counsel, Diane Kelly, Law’83, admits that legal action is not the best approach in certain situations. Her collaborative and cooperative attitude – a hallmark of Kelly and her career at Queen’s – has earned her the Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award. 


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.”

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.