2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that Melissa Kennedy (LLB ’87) and Herb Solway (JD ’55), are the recipients of the

Prof. Anita Anand and Krupa Kotech '16 write "Canada’s approach to board diversity needs a rethink"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prof. Anita Anand and recent JD grad Krupa Kotecha '16 have written a commentary in the Globe and Mail about the weak corporate response to the lack of women on boards ("Canada’s approach to board diversity needs a rethink," March 22, 2017).

The conclude:

Moot results: U of T wins Bowman Moot, Excels at Arnup Cup Trial Ad Competition

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As always, U of T Law is proud of the accomplishments of its talented student mooters. The results of the 2017 mooting events will be posted here as they are announced - check back for additional results in the future.

Prof. Simon Stern writes "How easy is it for police to search your texts? The Supreme Court is set to decide"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In a commentary in the Ottawa Citizen, Prof. Simon Stern looks at the issues in an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case that will decide to what extent police can search text messages on people's mobile phones ("How easy is it for police to search your texts? The Supreme Court is set to decide," March 21, 2017).

Read the full commentary on the Ottawa Citizen website, or below.


Alumna Catherine Lacavera, JD/MBA 2001, director of IP and litigation at Google, to receive U of T honorary degree

Friday, March 17, 2017
Catherine Lacavera

The Faculty of Law congratulates alumna Catherine Lacavera, JD/MBA 2001, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering in June.  After four years at White & Case LLP in New York City, Lacavera joined Google in 2005. An internationally renowned leader in intellectual property law, Lacavera has led lawyer teams in successfully defending thousands of patent and other global intellectual property claims as director of IP and litigation for Google Inc.

Tea with President Mandela: Alumnus Andrew Stobo Sniderman on clerking in South Africa, learning some words in Xhosa—and finding Canada

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Alumnus Andrew Stobo Sniderman, and his mother, Sarah Prichard with President Nelson Mandela


By Andrew Stobo Sniderman, JD 2014

When I was 15 years old, in 2000, I traveled with my mother to Johannesburg to have a cup of tea with Nelson Mandela in his living room. I owed this less to my being an especially virtuous young human, and more to having a wonderful mom who invited me to tag along.

Professor Lisa Austin receives Connaught Global Challenge Award for “Information Technology, Transparency and Transformation Lab”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Prof. LIsa AustinIndividual lives are increasingly “datafied” and this information is collected, warehoused, analyzed and distributed across the globe on a massive scale. As individuals become more and more “transparent,” the technology that is driving this massive transformation becomes more and more opaque. This “transparency gap” is a problem for all stakeholders in the information age.

Art? or Theft?: A conversation on authorship, fair use and the tension between aesthetics and meaning

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

NYU Law’s Amy Adler and artist Raymond Waters spoke at the Faculty of Law about the eternal importance of appropriating art

By Ellie Marshall, 2L / Photo by alumnus David Spiro, @spirotoronto

Geoff Taber: 1960-2016, Class of 1985

Monday, March 6, 2017

Geoffrey Kenneth Taber, LLB 1985, his wife, Jacquie and sons Scott and Andrew, all of Toronto, perished tragically in a cottage fire on December 24, 2016. Geoff was a generous, vibrant and wonderful person, a talented lawyer and a great friend.  

A beloved member of his class, Geoff graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1985 and went on to article at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he practised law in a career spanning 30 years. He was at the forefront of the Canadian technology sector, and the founder of the firm’s Emerging Companies Group.

All Families Are (Now) Equal: MPP Cheri DiNovo speaks at the LGBTQ+ Workshop

Friday, February 24, 2017

MPP Cheri DiNovo (2nd from left) at the LGBTQ+ Workshop

By Haim Abraham 

On December 5, 2016, Ontario’s Bill 28, termed the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, received royal assent. The LGBTQ+ Workshop held a session with MPP Cheri DiNovo, who tabled the Bill, and Kirsti and Jennifer Mathers McHenry, whose story prompted its legislation.