Alumni receive federal judicial appointments in Ontario

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Two alumni have received judicial appointments in Ontario from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Gillian E. Roberts ('93), counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario in Toronto.

M&A Fall Roundtable 2018

Program on Ethics in Law and Business

Over the past year, Canadian capital markets have witnessed a surge in M&A activity. This activity is particularly conspicuous in the energy and power sectors as well as the burgeoning cannabis industry. Legal changes have developed that impact all public issuers in the capital markets, and particularly their approach to M&A from both the bidder’s and target’s perspectives.

Headnotes - Sep 17 2018


Deans' Offices

Yak’s Snacks, Weds, Sept 19

Please join Dean Ed Iacobucci at “Yak’s Snacks”.
Location: Rowell Rm
Time:  10 – 11 a.m.

Leadership Skills Program: New programs and fall 2018 workshops

Leadership Skills Program: Fall 2018 workshops

The law school’s Leadership Skills Program (LSP) offers students many opportunities to build the key skills and knowledge to succeed in the legal profession. LSP expert-facilitated workshops are interactive, focus on “key take-aways”, and are conveniently held over the lunch hour.

“Core Skills” workshops include several sessions on topics including effective communication, conflict management, emotional intelligence, resilience, etc. Click here for more information and to sign up for fall 2018 workshops.

“The Inclusive Leader” workshop mini-series (new in 2018-19) focus on the skills and insights required to contribute to and thrive in diverse workplaces.  Click here to sign up for our upcoming session on unconscious bias (Nov. 1).

The “Law and Tech” workshop mini-series (new in 2018-19) focus on the skills and knowledge required to navigate and anticipate the rapid changes taking place in the legal profession. Stay tuned for announcements for workshops in the winter 2019 term.

The Rotman @ Law certificate program (continuing in 2018-19)  is a collaboration between Rotman School of Management and the law school to give J.D. students access to Rotman’s superb pre-MBA online courses on finance, accounting and statistics. Click here for more information about how to sign up for R@L courses.

Lawyers Doing Cool Things - Fall 2018 speaker line up

“Lawyers Doing Cool Things With Their Law Degrees” is a series of conversations with alumni about their cool jobs, the important issues they are tackling, and how their law degrees got them there. We intentionally focus on alumni who are earlier in their careers and moving the dial on important issues.

Each “Cool Things” alumni speaker will host a lunch for up to 20 students in one of the law school’s classrooms. The law school will supply sandwiches and drinks. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.

The fall 2018 line up includes amazing alumni who are doing cool things with the federal government, McCarthys, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Boston Consulting Group, Nestle Canada Inc., and Edward Royle LLP (criminal law firm).

On September 25th at 12:30 – 2:00, our first speaker is Andrew Stobo Sniderman (J.D. 2014). Andrew was the human rights policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, and is writing a book about education and racism in a small town and a neighbouring reserve in Manitoba. He previously worked for Justice Edwin Cameron at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe, and Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm in Toronto.

Fall 2018 speaker bios and registration links are here:

Registering with Accessibility Services

Important Reminder:  

For students with on-going conditions or disabilities (including mental health issues) that impact the writing of exams and/or papers, it is critically important to register with the University's Accessibility Services as soon as possible. If testing accommodations are required (extra time, separate testing facilities), students must also register with the University's Test & Exam Services.

Registration packages and further information about Accessibility Services deadlines can be found here. Registration information for Test & Exam Services can be found here.

Please note that Accessibility Services can also assist students with accessing note taking services, assistive devices, and potential funding for additional academic supports.

Accessibility Services is a central University service that sets its own deadlines. Students must refer directly to Accessibility Services’ web site to stay on top of those deadlines. Students who register after the deadline typically are not able to write exams during the regular examination period with accommodations. 

Some academic accommodations offered through the law school are available for students experiencing unexpected or urgent circumstances that render them unable to complete their examinations or written materials. The law school can provide a deferral or extension for students who meet the criteria for accommodation. For more information on the process for requesting an accommodation through the law school see the Academic Handbook for more information.

We are very happy to help you navigate this process.  Please contact me at, or Yukimi Henry at if you have any questions.



Lawyer licensing discussion with Law Society Treasurer – September 20th

Malcolm Mercer (UT L.L.B 1982), Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), will join us for a discussion about the options under consideration for lawyer licensing.

The LSO’s Professional Development and Competence Committee is engaging in consultations until October 26, 2018, and will make recommendations to Convocation in early 2019.

For more information on the options being considered:

Thursday September 20, 12:30 – 2:00, room J140

Pizza and drinks available

Lawyers Doing Cool Things - Andrew Stobo Sniderman

Lawyers Doing Cool Things - Andrew Stobo Sniderman, J.D. 2014

Tuesday September 25, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.

Andrew Stobo Sniderman was the human rights policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, and is writing a book about education and racism in a small town and a neighbouring reserve in Manitoba. He previously worked for Justice Edwin Cameron at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe, and Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm in Toronto.

To register, click here

Student Ambassadors at the Campaign for Excellence without Barriers Launch Event – September 27

On the evening of September 27th, the Advancement Office will be hosting the Campaign for Excellence without Barriers launch event here at the law school; the Campaign’s fundraising mission is focused on student financial aid. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, millions have been raised in bursary funds. The launch event will be a celebration of that generosity, as well as motivation for new support. Approximately 200 guests are expected to attend.

Because students are the focal part of this Campaign, we would love for students to be present at the launch event. It is a wonderful opportunity for both students and alumni to meet and interact; for students, it is an opportunity to thank donors in person, and for donors, it is an opportunity to engage with students and learn more about their student experience.

We’re looking for students who:

-are the recipients of student financial aid;

-are comfortable mingling with alumni and friends of the law school and sharing the story of your student experience;

 -are available at the law school between 4: 00 – 7: 30 pm* on Thursday, September 27, 2018 (information about the event will be distributed closer to the event

 *dinner will be provided


If you’re interested in being a student ambassador at this event, please contact Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Annual Fund & Alumni Programs, at by 5pm on Thursday, September 20th. Thank you!




Wasila Baset


Associate Director, Annual Fund & Alumni Programs

Tel: +1 416-946-8227 / Mobile: + 1 416-887-9624

E-mail: / Twitter: @WasilaUTLaw




Leadership Skills Program - "Leadership Style - Leveraging Your Unique Impact"

Leadership Style - Leveraging Your Unique Impact

September 27th, 12:30 - 2:00

To register click here

What is your leadership style? What is theirs? Why does it matter?

It matters because every single time you speak, write, text, e-mail or use social media, you have the opportunity to influence, motivate, teach, activate, and inspire. Are you leveraging your unique leadership style effectively? Are you tailoring your style to maximize impact? Are you aware that you have 30 seconds or less to communicate your leadership style?

These are just a few of the questions we will be exploring during this lively 90-minute session on Personality & Leadership Styles. Through interactive group discussion and activities, this session will look at the Insights Discovery model of characterizing personality and leadership styles. Every participant will have an opportunity to not only self-assess their dominant style but also learn how to recognize and communicate with the other styles.

The techniques learned in this session will be immediately applicable and will have a lasting impact not only for the duration of law school but also in the future as a dynamic and valued member of any law firm.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Characteristics of the four personality styles and the unique leadership qualities of each style
  • Understanding how to recognize the dominant style of your ‘audience’
  • The five most common pitfalls in collaborating with the other styles
  • Strategies to maximize the impact of your dominant leadership style

Student Office

Become a JD Student Ambassador

JD Student Ambassador








Did you take a law school tour or attend an admissions info event before you were admitted?  

The JD Admissions Office is seeking JD students in all years to volunteer as JD Ambassadors.

Under the direction of the Senior Recruitment, Admissions & Diversity Outreach Officer, JD Ambassadors will engage with prospective students, applicants and newly admitted students to motivate them to enrol in the Faculty.


You can have a direct impact on the composition of future classes. Incoming students who have interacted with current JD students and alumni consistently rave about the value of their engagement. 

We seek a mix of Ambassadors in order to support the wide range of educational backgrounds, life experiences and demographics of our prospective students and applicants.  

The commitment is quite light enough not to be a strain with other commitments. Allot 4-6 hours per term (typically an average of 1 hr /three weeks) to volunteer. We will work around your personal schedule.


Conducting tours that highlight key activities, services, facilities and personnel, and how they relate positively to the student experience. Tour groups range from 1 - 8 people comprising primarily of prospective students, applicants and their relatives/families. Tours are normally 45 min in length, scheduled within the 12:30-2:00 pm period on weekdays. Training will be provided.

Assisting with on-campus and off-campus events, such as Welcome Day, open houses, info sessions and education/career fairs. etc. The majority of events are on weekdays, with possibly 3-5 events held on a weekend day (usually Saturday).

Corresponding with prospective and incoming students via social media, email and live online chats.


Candidates must be:
- in ANY JD year of study, from1L to 4L(for combined programs)
- in pursuit of any legal area of interest
- in good academic standing at the Faculty 
- willing and able to be a positive and responsible representative of the Faculty and University



To be a new Ambassador
Complete and submit the online application asap at

A resume or cover letter is not required, just the completed online form.
The first round of selections will be made from the applications received by September 18


* HELP *

Jerome Poon-Ting
Senior Recruitment, Admissions & Diversity Outreach Officer
JD Admissions Office

tel: 416-978-6630

Blanket Exercise in Rowell Room on Wednesday, September 26
Blanket exercise in Rowell Room

The Blanket Exercise

A Step on the Path to Reconciliation

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Rowell Room, Flavelle House

•    Engage on an intellectual and emotional level  with five hundred years of Indigenous-Settler history in a 1.5 hour workshop
•    Take on the roles of Indigenous people through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance
•    Gain a better understanding of how law was manipulated to steal land from and otherwise harm First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and how these historical wrongs are directly connected to the social, economic and legal issues many Indigenous people face today
•    Learn how Indigenous people have resisted assimilation and how they continue to do so


@UTLawIIO @KAIROSCanada #ReconciliationResolution

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP on Eventbrite with the link above!

Health and Wellness - What's happening in September

Happy September Everyone!

To keep everyone up to date on all the Health & Wellness related activities and opportunities available to the law school community we will be providing monthly bulletins listing up-coming events and on-going programming. Additional information can be found in Headnotes or by contacting Yukimi Henry at

What's happening in September:

  •  Our first Student Health & Wellness Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th from 12:30-2pm in J225. Come join your fellow students in planning events and programs around physical fitness, mental health, and well-being for the whole law school community. Plus, there will be lunch ; ) !
  • Our Peer2Peer Mental Health Support Program is available for students interested in informal, confidential support from a fellow law student with lived experience of mental health. Contact for more information on being matched with a peer mentor.
  • Through our partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, the SPARK and MoveU.HappyU programs are now accepting applications from students who are interested in using physical activity to help support their mental health. Please contact Yukimi Henry for more information. This program is free for students. Registration is limited so contact Yukimi soon!

 On-going Programming:

  • The University of Toronto Health & Wellness Centre is now providing family medicine and mental health services through new extended hours. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the clinic is open until 7pm to better serve you. For more information on services available visit their website:
  • U of T Accessibility Services is available to provide academic accommodations and other learning supports to students with disabilities (including mental health and learning disabilities). Early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure that accommodations are in place to meet students' needs. For more information see the Accessibility Services website: , or speak to Alexis Archbold: or Yukimi Henry for more information. 
Brain Break: UofT Law Mindfulness Program

Brain Break: Introduction to Mindfulness at UofT Law

Take a "Brain Break" and join us for this year's launch of the UofT Law Mindfulness Program!

Back for another year at the law school, our expert mindfulness facilitator, Elli Weisbaum from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, will be providing an Introduction To Mindfulness on Wednesday, September 26th from 12:30-1:50pm. Come learn about the neuroscience of mindfulness and how it can enhance your academic and professional achievements as well as your over-all well-being. Our event will also include short guided meditation practices.

This event is open to the whole law school community. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: For any questions regarding this event please contact Yukimi Henry at

Stay tuned for our on-going Mindfulness Program events throughout the school year!

Student Health & Wellness Committee

Interested in physical fitness? Want to promote health & well-being? Committed to reducing stigma around mental health challenges?

Come join your fellow students at the Student Health & Wellness Committee! We are a committee that organizes activities and events for law students by law students on issues related to health and well-being. Come join a working group, offer ideas or spend some with like-minded law students engaged on wellness issues.

Our first meeting is Monday, September 24th from 12:30-2:00pm in J225. Lunch will be provided. All students are welcome!

This Committee is facilitated by our Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling & Wellness, Yukimi Henry, and Student Programs Coordinator, Sara Marni Hubbard. If you have any questions please contact Yukimi at or Sara Marni at


Academic Events

The Private Law Junior Scholars' Conference: Public Aspects of Private Law (September 26-27).

The Private Law Junior Scholars Conference is a collaboration between the law faculties of the University of Toronto and Tel Aviv University. It provides doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty (pre-tenure) with a unique opportunity to present their work and receive meaningful feedback from senior faculty members and peers. Over the course of two days, early career scholars from North-America, Europe, and Asia will present their work exploring this year's theme: the public aspects of private law. The theme will be addressed  from a broad range of angles and present on a wide range of topics, from the power of social media and the possibilities to personalize private law, to Indigenous self-government and administrative contracts. 

Keynote address by Henry Smith, Harvard Law School. 
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited.
More information and the conference programme can be found here:
Critical Analysis of Law Workshop: Christoph Burchard



Christoph Burchard
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

From Open Normativity to Normative Openness – or on Addressing the Elephant in the Room 
(i.e. the fact of justificatory pluralism in ICJ)

 Tuesday, September 18, 2018
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Room FA2), Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park


For more workshop information, please send an email to


Law and Economics Colloquium: Michael Frakes


Michael Frakes
Duke University School of Law

Is Great Information Good Enough?  Evidence from Physicians as Patients

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:10 - 5:45
Room FL219 (John Willis Classroom)
78 Queen's Park


We estimate the extent of defensive medicine by physicians, embracing the no-liability counterfactual made possible by the structure of liability rules in the Military Heath System.  Active-duty patients seeking treatment from military facilities cannot sue for harms resulting from negligent care, while protections are provided to dependents treated at military facilities and to all patients—active-duty or not—that receive care from civilian facilities. Drawing on this variation and exploiting exogenous shocks to care location choices stemming from base-hospital closures, we find suggestive evidence that liability immunity reduces inpatient spending by 5% with no measurable negative effect on patient outcomes.


For more workshop information, please send an email to



Legal Theory Workshop: Alon Harel



Alon Harel
Hebrew University Faculty of Law

Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason

Friday, September 21, 2018
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Populists often claim that representatives represent the people by complying with their preferences and judgments. As Donald Trump argued in the National Republican Convention, he represents 'the voice of the people'. Elitists, by contrast, argue that representatives are bound to decide wisely or correctly rather than conform blindly to popular sentiments.

This Article argues that the populist and elitist view of representation are both false.  It argues that representation indeed requires the representative to endorse the perspective and worldview of the represented. But, often endorsing the perspective of the represented requires the representative to act against the actual convictions of the represented. More specifically, to look at the world 'from the perspective of the represented' the representative’s decisions ought to satisfy the condition of justifiability-to the represented, namely, they must rest on reasoning that is accessible to the represented.

This understanding of representation has broader implications for political theory. It implies that private reason has important role to play in democratic politics: the constituency’s basic convictions should be taken into account in the reasoning of the representatives. Yet the duty of representation, that requires that the representatives' reasons be accessible to the represented, is only a pro tanto duty that can be overridden by conflicting normative considerations.

Professor Alon Harel
 is the Mizock professor of law at the Hebrew University and a member of  the Center of Rationality, Hebrew University. His areas of research include moral and political philosophy, legal theory, constitutional law, criminal law and law and economics. Most recently he published Why Law Matters (OUP, 2014) where he argued that legal institutions and procedures have intrinsic rather than merely instrumental value. He is currently working on a book on the morality of privatization.  Professor Harel was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Texas Law School, Boston University law School and a fellow at the Kennedy School (the program on Ethics and the Professions) and at the University of Toronto Ethics Centre. Professor Harel will be a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2019-20.


To be added to the paper distribution list, please send an email to  For further information, please contact Professor Larissa Katz ( and Professor Sophia Moreau (

Animal Law Lab: Introductory Meeting
The Animal Law Lab works to bring together scholars working on animal-related issues at the university across a variety of disciplines, time periods, and geographies (faculty, graduate students, and JD students), as well as those interested in animal rights work in the city of Toronto. 
Meetings are held once monthly and revolve around a speaker presenting their work followed by a discussion.
All are welcome!
Next Meeting information:
Time - Monday, September 17 at 4:30pm
Location - Flavelle 223 (The Betty Ho Dining Room)
Coffee and snacks will be provided.
For more information, please contact Lesli Bisgould at
India's Ban on Gay Sex: “Irrational, indefensible, and manifestly arbitrary”


“Irrational, indefensible, and manifestly arbitrary.” 

Professor Menaka Guruswamy, Columbia Law School, recently represented gay petitioners in India’s Supreme Court, successfully arguing that India’s ban against consensual gay sex should be struck down.    In its unanimous decision the justices ruled gay Indians are to be accorded all the protections of the Constitution.  She will discuss the case, discussed in this article,, during this year’s Goodman Lecture.  The Lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at 4:10 pm in the Moot Court Room.

Grand Moot

The most popular event in the moot court calendar is the annual Grand Moot, in which students can watch four of the law school's top mooters in action. Held in late September, the Grand Moot is a demonstration event where mooters appear before a distinguished bench that typically includes justices of the Ontario Court (General and Appellate Divisions) and the Supreme Court of Canada.

This year, the Grand Moot will involve issues around the government's constitutional obligation to increase representativeness of Indigenous persons on juries. Nicholas Martin, Holly Kallmeyer, Julia Kirby, and Meena Sundararaj will moot before a bench featuring Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Kathryn Feldman of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  

This year's Grand Moot  will be held in the Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room on September 26th. The doors will open at 4:30 pm and the event will start at 5. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as we anticipate seats will fill quickly. However, those who arrive late will be able to watch a live stream of the event in an overflow room.

Join the mooters and justices after the event for an evening reception. Food and drink will be provided. 

Fall Roundtable on Mergers and Acquisitions
Program on Ethics in Law and Business

On behalf of Professor Anita Anand and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, I would like to invite you to attend our 2018 Fall Roundtable on Mergers and Acquisitions taking place on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Faculty of Law's Moot Court Room.


Over the past year, Canadian capital markets have witnessed a surge in M&A activity. This activity is particularly conspicuous in the energy and power sectors as well as the burgeoning cannabis industry. Legal changes have developed that impact all public issuers in the capital markets, and particularly their approach to M&A from both the bidder’s and target’s perspectives. 


This roundtable will explore these issues and focus on the following questions: what are boards’ views on defensive tactics? How involved is private equity in M&A? Has the regulatory presence decreased as a result of National Instrument 62-104? What has been the role of both activist shareholders and proxy advisory firms in change of control transactions? What lessons does the Aecon transaction provide in terms of Industry Canada’s review process? What should we expect to see in 2019 including in terms of cross-border transactions?




Anita Anand – Stephen Griggs – Edward Iacobucci – Naizam Kanji

 Jeffrey Lloyd – Stan Magidson – Patricia Olasker 

Karrin Powys-Lybbe – Walied Soliman – Robert Yalden


General Conference Fee – $100 | Full-Time Academic and Judiciary Rate – $50 |

Free for Full – Time Students and Articling Students


Tickets Available at:

Please contact Nadia Gulezko (by telephone: 416.978.6767

or by email at

James Hausman Tax Law & Policy Workshop: Jordan Barry


Jordan Barry
University of San Diego School of Law

The Transition (Under-) Tax

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:30 – 2:00
Solarium (Room FA2), Falconer Hall
84 Queen’s Park

One of the most significant effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) was shifting the United States from a worldwide tax system to a territorial one:  Before the TCJA, U.S. corporations were subject to tax on all of the income they earned, regardless of where they earned it; after the TCJA, U.S. corporations generally will not have to pay U.S. federal income tax on profits earned outside of the United States.  The TCJA coupled this permanent shift with a one-time transition tax (the “Transition Tax”).  The Transition Tax taxes the trillions of dollars of income that U.S. corporations earned outside of the United States, but which had not yet been subjected to U.S. tax, at a rate of either 8% or 15.5%, depending on how the income was invested.  There is much to criticize about the Transition Tax.  In particular, its rate is significantly lower rate than either the pre- or post-TJCA corporate tax rate (35% and 21%, respectively).  This comparatively low rate creates several negative consequences:  First, by applying a lower tax rate to sophisticated multinational enterprises than to wholly domestic U.S. companies, the Transition Tax raises serious equity concerns.  Second, the Transition Tax raises both equity and efficiency concerns by varying the rate depending on how income was subsequently invested.  It is a fundamental tenet of modern tax policy that the tax system should not “pick winners and losers,” yet the Transition Tax does exactly that.  Finally, and most importantly, the Transition Tax rewards tax avoidance behavior, thereby encouraging more tax avoidance behavior in the future.  Pre-TCJA, companies kept profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. tax.  This behavior was not what Congress desired, intended, or contemplated, and it cost the United States fisc hundreds of billions of dollars.  Tax law should not treat those taxpayers who frustrate and undermine the system better than those who do not, yet the Transition Tax does just that.  Happily, there is a straightforward way to ameliorate all of these problems:  raise the Transition Tax rate.  Doing so could bring the net tax rate imposed on previously untaxed offshore profits to at least 21%, the post-TCJA corporate tax rate.  In addition to correcting all of the problems described above, raising the Transition Tax rate would raise hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars in revenue which could be used to provide services, reduce the deficit, or cut taxes elsewhere.    

Jordan M. Barry is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of Graduate Tax Programs at the University of San Diego School of Law.  He teaches and writes in the areas of tax law and policy, corporate law and finance, and law and economics.  He has also taught at the University of Michigan Law School and the UC Berkeley School of Law.  He has published numerous articles, including, most recently, Regulatory Entrepreneurship, 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. 383 (2017) (with Elizabeth Pollman).  Prior to joining the faculty at USD, Professor Barry practiced law in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and clerked for the Honorable Jay Bybee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Professor Barry is a graduate of Cornell University and Stanford Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review

For more workshop information, please send an email to

Mary and Philip Seeman Health Law, Policy & Ethics Seminar Series: Bill Bogart

Mary and Philip Seeman Health Law, Policy & Ethics Seminar Series


Bill Bogart
Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

Regulating Cannabis - A Prelude to Legalizing All Recreational Drugs?

Commentator: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Room FA2), Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

For more workshop information, please send an email to



Student Activities

Health Law Club - 1L Executive Applications

The Health Law Club is recruiting 1Ls for our executive team. The Health Law Club organizes numerous events throughout the year helping students deepen their understanding of the practice of health law and network with various professionals in the field. At our events, these professionals will discuss current issues and topics of interest in the field, and provide students with more information about their practice.


1L executive members are responsible for communicating with their 1L classmates and helping coordinate our events. This is a great chance to gain leadership experience and learn more about health law. If you're interested in becoming a 1L executive member, please submit a résumé and a statement of interest (max. 150 words) by September 24th. Please send applications, and any questions you might have, to

The Fall Feast, Friday, September 28th
Fall Feast poster

The Fall Feast is an annual event hosted by the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA). It’s a potluck style event and an opportunity to learn about First Nation, Métis and Inuit traditions and to share your own culture. There will be a teaching from an Elder and a musical performance. All are welcome!

 It will be on Friday, September 28th in the Rowell Room from 12:30-2 p.m.

China Law Group: Recruitment for 2018-19

Deadline: Tuesday, September 18 at 11:59PM


What does China’s embrace of facial recognition technology for its estimated 200 million surveillance cameras mean for privacy and human rights for its 1.4 billion citizens? How will China’s retaliation of tariffs on American imports impact international trade law and the World Trade Organization? What does China’s embrace of environmental enforcement mean for international law and diplomacy?

The China Law Group meets to discuss our shared curiosity in answers to those questions and many more. No prior knowledge of China law is needed- we are all here to learn about the China law to make up for an area that the law school is grossly lacking in. We will organize a reading group and/or a working group on contemporary issues facing the Chinese legal system. For the more career minded folks: Many law firms have a China law practice group to respond to the growing importance China is playing in global markets. Learning more about China law may or may not increase employability***

As well, the group organizes an annual conference held in the winter term that draws together academics and practitioners from around North America who engage with China and Chinese law. Members will also assist in organizing the conference such as proposing panel discussion topics and assisting with logistics.

If China or Chinese law interests you, please send an email describing your interest to by Tuesday, September 18 at 11:59PM. Academic exposure to China is an asset, but is not required. Bonus points for sending an interesting article about China law in the news.

***The CLG assumes no liability for your future job prospects. But aren’t you interested to see whether tort law in China allow your lawsuit to be successful?

How to Host an Event at the Law School

How to host an event at the law school.

The Faculty of Law is pleased to support students to host events at the law school. Some of the events that students have hosted at the law school include speaker events, panel events, parties, meetings, conferences, socials, and lunches. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Programs Coordinator to discuss event planning:

Booking space:

The Faculty of Law offers free space for law school student organizations to host meetings and events. All students have access to the Rowell Room and the JD Student Lounge between 9-5 on days when classes are held. Barring special circumstances, this is not bookable space during this time and students can host small meetings and get-togethers. Students are not permitted to use library space to host events. To book private space at the law school, students should sign into on the main U of T Law website: and click on “book a room.” Students can check which rooms are available by clicking “book a room” and then choosing “room availability” from the left-hand list.

If you are part of a student organization at the Faculty of Law, you may want to register as an official student group at the University of Toronto. Registering as an official U of T group gives you access to other bookable space outside of the law school free of charge.

To register as an official U of T Student group, go here:

Catering/Food at the law school:

We are fortunate at the law school to have no restrictions on catering and food vendors. The law school has relationships with Sushi Inn, Red Rooster, Santaguida, Innis College Catering, and St. George Catering. However, students can order from all catering and take out restaurants.

All events that serve alcohol must use Campus Beverage Services and receive approval from the Student Programs Coordinator.

Students are expected to clean up after themselves and leave the space in the condition they found it in. This means picking up dropped food, wiping down tables, and removing garbage from the space.


All funding requests should be directed to the SLS through the consolidated funding request form found on the SLS website:

Student groups and individual students are not permitted to fundraise from law firms. However, if a student group received funding in the previous academic year from a particular firm, they are permitted to continuing asking this firm for the same level of funding for the same event.


Put your event on Headnotes by signing into and clicking on “submit headnotes announcement.”

To have your event added to the online law school calendar, please email: with the name, date, location, blurb, and whether you would like your event listed as public or law school only.

Post your event on the SLS Facebook Group.


Women & the Law Cupcake Social

Join Women & the Law for our Cupcake Social on Thursday, September 20th from 12:30–2:00 PM in J230! Drop in, grab a cupcake, and meet the 2018/2019 executive team.

This event is your opportunity to find out more about Women & the Law, learn about the events we have planned, and let us know what you would like to get out of the club this year. It's also a great way to meet and engage with other students at the law school. We hope to see you there!

Working in International Human Rights with Canadian-trained Lawyer Jessica Burnstein

On Monday, August 24th, join the Law Union for lunch and a discussion with Jessica Burnstein, Director of International Relations for Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli human rights organization that works to protect freedom of movement for Palestinians in Gaza. Jessica received her JD at Queen's University and, before joining Gisha, worked as legal counsel for the Ontario government and in legal advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers in South Africa and Israel. Jessica will discuss her path from Canadian law school to where she is now and her work at Gisha to support Palestinians in Gaza.


August 24th, 12:30-2 in FA3. Lunch will be served.



Law Follies 2018/19 Information Session

Are you talented? A superstar? Or even just a law student looking to do something more exciting than readings?

LAW FOLLIES is UofT Law's annual student-written, student-directed, student-starring comedy revue!

We're looking for actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, videographers, and musicians. Not a fan of the stage? We also need stage managers, stage hands, and technical help!

Join us at lunch on September 19th in P115 to find out about getting involved with Follies, and give your friends something to laugh about other than their career prospects and their latest P.

China Law Group Recruitment

The China Law Group is recruiting members for the 2018-19 academic year. The CLG meets weekly/biweekly to discuss legal issues in or about China. Discussions may include trade disputes, boundary waters, intellectual property, privacy, environmental law, human rights, and more. The CLG also hosts an annual conference in the winter semester, and members assist in the planning and organizing of this conference. If you are interested in China and/or global affairs, please join!

To apply, please submit a brief statement of interest to by Sept 17 at 11:59PM. Bonus points for including an article relating to China and the law. 

Centres, Legal Clinics, and Special Programs

The IHRP Alumni Network Presents - Protests, Policy Work, and Pro Bono: Incorporating Social Justice Into Your Domestic Law Practice

Date: September 27, 2018

Location: Fasken, 333 Bay St., Suite 2400, Toronto, ON

Time: 6-8:30pm

Registration: 6pm

Panel Discussion: 6:30pm

Reception: 7:30-8:30pm

Please join us September 27, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m. for an interactive panel discussion with fellow IHRP Alumni about how they incorporate social justice work and IHRP values into their practices. A reception will follow the panel discussion. Come reconnect with friends and meet other alumni!


  • Melissa Kluger, Publisher, Precedent Magazine


  • Abby Deshman, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, CCLA
  • Joanna Kyriazis, Policy Director at Zizzo Strategy
  • Louis Century, Associate at Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Cory Wanless, Litigation Lawyer at Waddell Phillips
  • Marianne Salih, Criminal Defence Lawyer at Edward H. Royle & Partners LLP

For questions and to RSVP by September 20th please contact

Career Development Office and Employment Opportunities

Journals, Research, and Scholarship

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History

Students interested in the history of Canadian law and legal institutions should consider joining the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. The Society publishes books (107 since 1981), collects oral histories from current lawyers and judges, and holds legal history speakers evenings. Despite its name it is not located at Osgoode Hall Law School, but has its offices at Osgoode Hall on Queen Street. Its members are  judges, lawyers (including aspiring lawyers) and academics. The current Present is Mr Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Editor-in-Chief is Professor Jim Phillips of the University of Toronto Law School. Student membership is only $25, and all members receive the Society's annual members book. The members book for 2018 is Philip Girard, Jim Phillips, and R. Blake Brown, A History of Law in Canada Volume 1: Beginnings to 1866, published by the University of Toronto Press.

You can join online at, where you can also read about all our books and activities. For further information please contact



Bora Laskin Law Library

Westlaw and Lexis Training Sessions


The Library has organized training sessions for the 2 major databases that you will be using for legal research.  While these sessions are not mandatory they are extremely useful for learning the most effective way to use these databases and their contents. Each session will be approximately 90 minutes. Students in all years and grad students are welcome.

  • The first session is for WestlawNext Canada and will be held on September 21st at 12:30 in Room P120.
  • The second session is for LexisAdvanceQuicklaw and will be held on October 5th at 12:00 in the Moot Court Room (J250)

If you have any questions please contact 



Due to a special event, the Bora Laskin Library will be closed at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Rooms FA1 and FA4 (Falconer Hall) have been booked from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm as alternative study locations. Regular hours will resume on Friday, September 28, 2018


Bookstore Hours

The U of T Faculty of Law Bookstore Hours for September are

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm

Friday 11 am - 7 pm

The Bookstore is closed on weekends, but law materials are available on the bookstore website ( or from the Great Hall Bookstore at the Main U of T Bookstore.


September Special at the Bookstore
U of T Bookstore

Visit the Bookstore in P125 for course materials PLUS

-Faculty of Law branded merchandise

-Essential stationary and tech supplies


September Special:

My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures by Martin L. Friedland

$15 while supplies last.



September at the Law Bookstore
U of T Bookstore

U of T Gear


$7.99 T-Shirt

$14.99 Long-sleeved Tee

(Plus: Don't forget the September Book Special!)

September Hours: M-Th 9 am - 5 pm; Friday 11 am - 7 pm

External Announcements: Opportunities

External Announcements: Calls for Papers

Call for Submissions – Western Journal of Legal Studies

Do you have an "A" level law paper? The Western Journal of Legal Studies is seeking academic research papers, white papers, opinion-editorials, and book reviews. All submissions received by Friday, September 28th will be considered for publication in our Fall issue. We assess submissions using a two-part blind peer review, and as such, all submissions will remain entirely anonymous throughout the process. Submissions received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis. Please visit to submit articles for consideration.



Western Journal of Legal Studies Editorial Board

Late announcements

Careers in International Law
Have you always wanted to practice international law, but don't know what that practice looks like? The International Law Society has invited these speakers to discuss their careers in international law in public and private practice. Please bring your questions. Light refreshments will be provided.
Christopher Pigott is a partner at Fasken whose practice is focused on labour, employment, and public law. Chris represents federal and provincial employers in industries ranging from telecommunications, transportation, and banking, to retail, manufacturing, and health care. Chris provides sophisticated strategic advice, representation in negotiations and litigation, and guidance on law reform and policy development.Chris has an active international practice. He advises Canadian, foreign, and multinational employers on business and human rights, international labour standards, the international union movement, and cross-border industrial relations. He is active within the Canadian Employers Council, the exclusive representative of Canadian employers concerning global labour and employment issues.
Daniel Leslie is a New York- and South Africa-qualified banking and finance associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. His experience uniquely extends to bank regulatory matters including international AML compliance, having advised major international entities on compliance with relevant regulatory laws. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Legal Principles for Combatting Cyberlaundering, following his resourceful research on bank regulations and cyber-security at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany. Daniel had previously worked with prominent international law firms in the finance sector, and formerly as an associate legal officer at the International Criminal Court.
Carla Potter is an associate in the Financial Services Group at Cassels Brock. Her practice focuses on corporate financing and equipment finance matters, representing both lenders and borrowers involved in domestic and cross-border lending and leasing transactions and corporate reorganizations. Her experience includes representing resource companies as they pursue global projects.
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies - The Rose(s) that Grew From Concrete: Conversations with Former Gang Members about Violence, Trauma and Policy Options

Date: Thursday October 4th, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

The Rose(s) that Grew From Concrete: Conversations with Former Gang Members about Violence, Trauma and Policy Options

The University of Toronto, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies would like to invite you to a community forum on gangs/gang violence.In recent week’s gang violence in the city
has drawn the attention of law enforcement, politicians and the media/public. While there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the so-called gang problem, there has been inconsistent
and often conflicting knowledge that has informed the issue. The goal of this community forum is to provide an intellectual bridge where former gang members, researchers, policy makers,
law enforcement and state officials are able to discuss and explore the gang phenomena in more detail.

The forum will include:
- firsthand accounts of why youth join gangs and participate in violence,
- new and emergent knowledge/research pertaining to the root causes of gangs/gang violence,
- alternative viewpoints on gangs, including discussions with law enforcement and other community stakeholders and,
- insight into contemporary gang research that may subsequently inform policy making decisions

Panelists will include:
Former Gang Members:

Marcell Wilson (A.V.E. Network)

Jose Vivar (25/7 Fitness/Cross-Over)

& Others

Toronto Police Service:

Gun & Gang Taskforce


Adam Ellis, Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto, Vanier Scholar, Ex-Gang Member

Professor Scot Wortley, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

Dr. A. Hutchinson, RSW, Associate Professor of Health and Human Services Chair, Department of Health and Human Services, TyndaleU

Dr. Luca Berardi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, McMaster University

(event poster attached)

Registration not required.

Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies - Gacaca, Genocide, Genocide Ideology: The Violent Aftermaths of Transitional Justice in the New Rwanda

Date: Friday September 21, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Location: Room 265 - Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON Canada, M5S 3K9

Gacaca, Genocide, Genocide Ideology: The Violent Aftermaths of Transitional Justice in the New Rwanda

Dr. Mark Anthony Geraghty,
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Mark Anthony Geraghty is a socio-cultural anthropologist, ethnographically investigating the violent aftermaths of war and genocide. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016
and is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. He is finalizing a book manuscript on the Rwandan state’s on-going campaign
against “genocide ideology” – prohibited in law as “thoughts” of ethnic hatred that threaten the recurrence of genocide. He has conducted over four years of fieldwork in Rwanda, where his research
sites have included prisons, layperson-run genocide courts (Gacaca), military-run “re-education” camps (Ingando), and state-run genocide commemoration events. At the Department of Anthropology
at the University of Toronto, he teaches classes on the topics of: violent aftermaths; language and injury; political anthropology; and ethnographic methods.

A light lunch will be served at 12:00pm in the Lounge

The talk will begin at 12:30pm in the Ericson Seminar Room (room 265)

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Lori Wells at 416-978-3722 x226 or email and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.

Alumna Camille Labchuk recognized for animal rights advocacy with 2018 Compassion for Animals Award

Friday, September 14, 2018

Prof. Angela Fernandez with Camille LabchukCongratulations to alumna Camille Labchuk, JD 2012, executive director of Animal Justice, the recipient of the Compassion for Animals Award for 2018. This award is given in honour of Toronto animal advocate Lisa Grill. Grill’s “personal commitment to compassion inspires her loved ones to work for a better world for animals and people alike."

In full swing for 2018-19: Back to school at the Faculty of Law

Friday, September 14, 2018

It’s been a busy start to back to school here at the Faculty of Law, as the Dean welcomed 213 new first-years, plus returning students, graduate, transfer and executive students of the Global Professional LLM for the 2018-19 academic year. Once again, the law school has very strong cohorts from across Canada, and more than 16 countries represented in the graduate program alone. Among the 1Ls, 58 percent are women, 35 percent are students of colour and nine percent identify as LGBTQ.

Alumna Linda Rothstein recognized with OBA’s Award of Excellence in Civil Litigation

Friday, September 14, 2018
Headshot of Linda Rothstein

Congratulations to Linda Rothstein, Class of 1980, the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s 2018 Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. Rothstein is a 2014 Distinguished Alumna of the Faculty of Law and a great supporter of the law school.


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