Alumni awards at the Faculty

Mary Stikeman, Tanya de Mello, Principal Fortier, Dean Leckey, and Norman SteinbergOn May 9, 2017, the Faculty of Law recognized the work and support of three of its alumni and friends during an award ceremony.Tanya de Mello speaking

Tanya de Mello, BCL/LLB’11, accepted the Charles D. Gonthier Outstanding Young Alumni Award for setting an exceptional example for aspiring jurists through her professional achievements, her community service and her commitment to the Faculty.

Jim Robb, Mary Stikeman, Allison Christians, Robert Leckey

Mary Stikeman, BSc(PE)’58 (2nd from left), received the James Robb award, in gratitude for her unstinting efforts to support the Faculty of Law in the pursuit of its academic endeavours, notably the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law.

Sidney Horn, Dean Robert Leckey Leckey and Norman Steinberg

Finally, the Faculty conferred the FR Scott Award for Distinguished Service upon Norman Steinberg, BCL’75 (on right), in recognition for his significant contributions to law and to the life of the Faculty, and for his outstanding service and leadership to society.

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Inaugural young alumni coffeehouse a big hit!

YAB coffeehouse

Our Young Alumni Board was pleased to host its first ever Coffeehouse on May 4, 2017. Plus de 85 jeunes diplômé.e.s ont participé. Merci à ceux et celles qui ont fait de cette soirée un succès retentissant. See you at the next one!

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New books by alums

Sentencing, 9th ed.. Annamaria Enenajor, BCL/LLB’12, et al., May 2017

Dictionnaire critique du sexisme linguistique. Suzanne Zaccour, BCL/LLB’16, & Michaël Lessard, BCL/LLB’15, eds. juin 2017.

David Sandomierski and Malcolm Lavoie each receive CALT Prizes

On June 9, David Sandomierski, BCL/LLB’08, was awarded the Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) during its annual conference held at the University of Victoria. Sandomierski, who clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, has taught Advanced Common Law Obligations at the Faculty. He currently is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

Malcolm Lavoie, BCL/LLB’12, received the CALT Scholarly Paper Award. Lavoie, who is a Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate at Harvard Law School, clerked for Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked at a visiting assistant professor at the University of Alberta.

Clara Pham, Precedent Setter

Precedent Magazine, 30 May 2017

Among the winners of the 2017 Precedent Setter Awards, Clara Pham, BCL/LLB’08, director of tax of Restaurant Brands International, the company that was born when Tim Hortons merged with Burger King.

Clara Pham wants to clear up some misconceptions. First, you don’t have to be good at math to do tax law. Second, it doesn’t deserve its reputation. “You picture grey-haired men with glasses, hunched over, carrying a battered briefcase,” she says. “But it’s the opposite.”” Keep reading…

In a darkening world, it’s time Canada moved beyond fear

Stephen Toope, BCL’83, LLB’82, The Globe and Mail, 24 May 2017

“We have entered a new age of anxiety, one marked by rampant distrust in institutions, experts and business-as-usual politics. In that sense, and I hope that sense only, our time echoes the 1930s, and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. During that era, political theorist Carl Schmitt – whose arguments were gladly adopted by the Nazis – suggested that the politician who has the ability to overthrow the rule of law, purportedly in the name of the public good, is the force to be reckoned with. Keep reading…

Time for celebration? Mohawks reflect on Montreal’s 375th anniversary

By Stephen Smith, Benjamin Shingler, CBC News, 17 May 2017

Chief Christine Zachary-Deom (LLB’90), Scholar Gage Diabo, artist Ellen Gabriel share their perspectives

As Montreal turns 375 today, Mohawks are wrestling with how to approach a multimillion dollar celebration of the founding of a city on their unceded ancestral land. […]

For her part, Christine Zachary-Deom, one of the chiefs of the elected council of Kahnawake, told Daybreak she’s hopeful the celebrations will help.

“I hope that we can make this city into something that we can look at with pride,” she said, adding that she’s been encouraged by Coderre’s emphasis on inclusion during the events. Keep reading…

Eric Moses Gashirabake : Citoyen politiquement engagé 2017 du REPAF

Le 13 mai 2017 avait lieu la 10e édition du Gala d’Excellence Vision & Inspiration du Réseau des Entrepreneurs et Professionnels Africains (REPAF). Plus de 300 personnes sont venues célébrer le talent de la diversité et son apport important à la prospérité socio-économique. Eric Moses Gashirabake, BCL/LLB’17, a été couronné lauréat du prix Citoyen(ne) politiquement engagé(e). Pour en savoir davantage…

Ann Soden, BCL’81, LLB’82 : une avocate au secours des aînés

Delphine Jung, Droit Inc., 10 mai 2017

Me Ann Soden (BCL’81, LLB’82) a fondé la Clinique juridique des aînés il y a dix ans. Et depuis une décennie, l’avocate écoute leurs angoisses, leurs peines et surtout leurs questionnements. Elle se bat pour que le droit des aînés soit plus considéré.

« J’ai toujours eu beaucoup d’affection pour les personnes âgées. Dans ma pratique, j’ai rapidement vu les problèmes auxquels ils faisaient face », explique celle qui a reçu le titre d’avocate émérite en 2007 par le Barreau du Québec. Lire la suite…

Opinion: It’s time for Montreal to fluoridate its drinking water

Jason Chung, BCL/LLB’14, and Kelvin Ian Afrashtehfar, MSc’16, Montreal Gazette, 10 May 2017

It’s cheap, effective, safe and prevents disease, yet there is public resistance due to uninformed fears. No, this isn’t another screed against anti-vaccination advocates, but rather a critique of fellow Montrealers who are against fluoride in the drinking water.

Dental caries is a near universal concern for Canadians, with 96 per cent of adults having experienced at least one cavity in their lifetimes. Given that our Medicare system does not generally fund dental care, it can be a costly one as well, with one-third of Canadians having no dental insurance at all. Keep reading…

Obtenir justice à la Cour… des petites créances

Jessica Nadeau, Le Devoir, 10 mai 2017

Pour tenter d’obtenir justice, les victimes d’agression sexuelle devraient investir la Cour des petites créances, une division du droit civil très rarement utilisé pour ce type de recours, mais qui représente un « potentiel inexploité », estime Suzanne Zaccour (BCL/LLB’16) de l’Université de Toronto, qui faisait une présentation à l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), mardi.

« Quand on parle de viol ou d’agression sexuelle, on pense tout de suite aux procès criminels. Or, nous savons tous à quel point la justice criminelle est défaillante dans ces cas-là. La justice civile se présente alors comme une avenue intéressante qui devrait être davantage utilisée. » Lire la suite…

McGill Alumni Association hands out 2017 awards

Andrew Mahon, The McGill Reporter, 3 May 2017

It was an evening of accolades and applause for outstanding McGillians – as well as celebrity video cameos by a famous NHL coach and a famous Starship captain – at this year’s edition of the McGill Alumni Association’s (MAA) annual honours and awards banquet. […] Stuart (Kip) Cobbett, BCL’72, who will be stepping down in June after a seven-year term as Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors, was presented with the D. Lorne Gales Special Recognition Award. Keep reading…

Cristina Toteda, nommée chargée de cours en éthique et professionnalisme

Annonces de la Faculté de droit, 20 avril 2017

La Faculté de droit est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de Cristina Toteda, BCL/LLB’13, à titre de chargée de cours en éthique et professionnalisme. Elle est entrée en fonction le 1er mai 2017. Me Toteda travaillera étroitement avec les membres du corps professoral et un comité de diplômés afin de réviser les cours Legal Ethics and Professionalism et Advocacy, qu’elle donnera également. Elle participera en outre aux semaines d’intégration pour les étudiants de première année.