Mary-Jo Maur – Lead Instructor, LAW 201/701
With a background in both teaching and legal practice, Mary-Jo is one of the guiding forces behind the development of our Introduction to Canadian Law course, and a favourite among students both online and in the classroom. Mary-Jo graduated from the University of Toronto in 1978 with an Honours B.A., and then completed her LL.B. at Queen’s University. She was awarded the McLaughlin graduate fellowship, and completed her LL.M. at Queen’s in 1993. She holds a full-time teaching appointment at Queen’s Faculty of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is the Director of the Introduction to Legal Studies Program. She has twice been given the Law Students’ Society Teaching Excellence Award.
Hugo Choquette – LAW 202/702: Aboriginal Law
Hugo Choquette has a PhD from the Queen’s Faculty of Law. Before returning to Queen’s Law to pursue graduate studies, he practiced in a small law office in Napanee, Ont. His research interests include language and law, constitutional law, and Aboriginal law. Over the last few years, he has taught introductory law courses both at the Faculty of Law and at Smith School of Business.
Colleen Dempsey – Instructor, LAW 203/703: Workplace Law
Colleen Dempsey is a proud alumna of Queen’s University, having graduated from the Faculty of Law, as well as the Faculty of of Arts and Science. Colleen has an extensive background in workplace law.
Since November 2005, she has sat as a Vice-Chair for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Additionally, she provides employment law consulting services and has an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. Prior to 2005, Colleen was a General Counsel for a Canadian Multi-National Corporation and began her legal career at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto.
Christian Hurley – Instructor, LAW 204/704: Corporate Law
Christian Hurley has an extensive business law background, having practiced in the area for several years with one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms. He is currently acting as Director of Legal Education at the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador where he oversees the administration of the bar admission and continuing legal education programs. Prior to this, Christian was the Director of the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, a clinical program at Queen’s Law where students learn about the practice of business law and provide pro bono legal services to entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. He has also taught business law courses at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s and the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Peter Kissick – Developer, LAW 204/704: Corporate Law
Peter Kissick has taught Business Law and Business Ethics at Queen’s University since 1998. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990 and has practiced business law at a large Toronto law firm, in the in-house legal department of a Canadian bank and more recently as a sole practitioner. In the Queen’s School of Business, Peter has taught in executive and MBA programs; he has also been the Director of the renowned Queen’s Commerce Program and he has won several awards for his teaching in that program. Peter has taught in the Queen’s Faculty of Law and is the founder of the Queen’s Business Law Clinic. Peter earned an LLB and an LLM from Queen’s Law.
Jonathan Shanks – Developer and Instructor, LAW 205/705: Public & Constitutional Law
Jonathan Shanks graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 2007. He joined the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section of the federal Department of Justice as Counsel in 2008. In 2016-2017, Jonathan was seconded to the Privy Council Office (Machinery of Government Secretariat). Jonathan has a varied practice relating to the division of powers, democratic institutions, the royal prerogative and Crown law. Any views expressed in Law 205/705 are intended to further academic discussion and do not necessarily represent the position of the Department of Justice or the Government of Canada.
LAW 201/701 – CONTRIBUTING FACULTY
Cherie Metcalf – Constitutional Law
Cherie Metcalf is the Associate Dean (Academic) and an Associate Professor at Queen’s Faculty of Law, where she has been teaching since 2004. She has a Ph.D. in Economics, Queen’s LL.B. and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. Prior to coming to Queen’s she clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Her research is interdisciplinary, and has focused particularly on the Constitutional rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and resource and environmental governance. Her work appears in journals such as the University of Toronto Law Journal, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Pace Environmental Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal and Canadian Public Policy. She has also presented her research at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, USC, Emory, etc. She regularly teaches Public and Constitutional Law at Queen’s and LOVES these subjects!
Nick Bala – Family Law
Nicholas (Nick) Bala has been a Professor of Law at Queen’s University in Kingston since 1980. He is also the Academic Director for the Osgoode Hall Law School Family Law LL.M.
Prof. Bala is an expert on Family and Children’s Law, with research focusing on issues related to young offenders and youth justice; access to family justice; child witnesses; parental rights and responsibilities after divorce, including parental alienation; and spousal abuse and its effects on children. Much of his research is interdisciplinary; he has undertaken many collaborative projects with psychologists, criminologists and health professionals to better understand the effects of involvement in the justice system on children, youth and families. He has published extensively. He is frequently quoted in the media and his work is often quoted by all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada and courts of appeal across the country.
Prof. Bala’s contributions have been recognized in awards from the Ontario Bar Association, Queen’s University and the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Lisa Kerr – Criminal Law
Lisa Kerr is an assistant professor at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law. She specializes in criminal law, and in particular, her scholarship has focussed on sentencing and conditions of confinement, and on the concept of imprisonment as a deprivation of liberty.
Dean Bill Flanagan – Property Law
Bill Flanagan holds a JD from the University of Toronto (1985), a DEA from Paris I (Université Paris I-Sorbonne)(1986), and an LLM from Columbia University (1989). He has been a member of the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University for the past 23 years and was appointed Dean of Law in 2005. In 2013, he was reappointed for a third term. He was a law clerk for the Hon. Justice Estey of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1986-87.
His teaching interests include International Economic Law, Business Associations, and Property Law. His scholarly work spans a number of areas, including property law, business law and trade law.
Erik Knutsen – Tort Law
Erik S. Knutsen (J.D., Osgoode, LL.M., Harvard) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His areas of academic interest include accident law, tort, insurance, and the civil litigation system. In addition to authoring articles on those subjects, he is a co-author of a treatise and a casebook on American insurance law and a casebook on Canadian civil litigation. He has given the keynote address at the Advocates Society’s annual conference, presented his work on costs at Oxford University, and has given the Canadian Studies Visiting Lecture at Fudan University School of Law in Shanghai, China. Professor Knutsen has earned the law faculty teaching award at Queens three times. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Law, where he also earned a teaching award. He has practiced tort and insurance litigation in Toronto, Thunder Bay, and New York.
Michael Pratt – Contract Law
Michael Pratt (B.Sc, LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Law at Queen’s, where he is cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy. He teaches a range of private law subjects, including Contracts, Advanced Contracts, Torts, and Remedies. His research is devoted primarily to understanding the philosophical foundations of voluntary obligations, such as those that are generated by contracts and promises. He has published widely on this topic. Michael also researches and writes on the law of remedies.