Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Faculty of Law welcomes Professors Larissa Katz and Malcolm Thorburn who officially joined the law school on July 2, 2013. The scholars were hired in 2011 but were on sabbatical at the University of Oxford, then taught for a final year at Queen’s University. 

Larissa Katz holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta;  and a Master of Laws and SJD from Yale Law School.  She served as a law clerk to Justice Gonthier at the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked as a litigation lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York for two years prior to entering academia.  Professor Katz works on property law and property theory and publishes widely in that field.  She will teach Property and Trusts.

Malcolm Thorburn has been a visiting fellow at universities in Germany, the UK, France, and Australia.  Professor Thorburn holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto; a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania; a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Teaching Fellow; and a J.S.D. degree from Columbia Law School.  He also served as a law clerk to Justice Lebel at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Professor Thorburn’s work in criminal law theory has been published in leading law journals.  He will teach Criminal Law and Evidence.

“The Faculty is delighted to welcome these two very talented scholars and teachers to our ranks,” says Dean Mayo Moran. “They will further bolster our offerings in property law, criminal law and legal theory and we are very fortunate and pleased to have them both joining us.”