I am running for Bencher because I believe in professional self-regulation that is efficient, effective, and focused on the Law Society’s core mandate of protecting the public interest. I have a proven track record of service to the legal community. In my various roles, I have built a reputation for integrity, collegiality, and sound judgment. I believe those attributes would serve me well in the role of Bencher.
I am a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta as well as a practicing lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP. My areas of specialization include property law, constitutional law, Aboriginal law, natural resources law, and judicial remedies. I have authored or co-authored three books and close to two dozen academic articles on these and other legal topics. In my practice, I have advised governments, First Nations, and businesses on constitutional, regulatory, and civil issues. I have also argued two cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2015, I was a graduate student at Harvard Law School, where I completed LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees. I previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. Justice Frans Slatter of the Alberta Court of Appeal and for the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada.
In recent years, I have taken on a number of leadership roles in the legal community, including: