Instructors

Mary-Jo Maur – Lead Instructor, LAW 201/701

Mary Jo MaurWith 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 ChoquetteHugo 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.

Manoj Dias-Abey – LAW 203/703: Workplace Law

Manoj Dias-AbeyManoj Dias-Abey commenced as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace in 2016. Manoj’s current research looks at the strategies civil society organizations use to improve the working conditions of migrant farmworkers, especially given the nature of the globalized food system. Manoj is interested in the broader issue of emerging worker organizations—e.g. innovative unions, worker centres, legal clinics, activist and advocacy bodies, transnational advocacy networks, and social movements—and how these organizations and movements draw upon, and are limited and transformed by, the legal environment.

Manoj recently completed his PhD at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law. His dissertation was titled “Sandcastles of Hope? Civil Society Organizations and the Working Conditions of Migrant Farmworkers in North America.” Manoj’s graduate study was supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including the Michael D. Failes Graduate Fellowship in Labour & Employment Law. He also holds a LLM (Research) and BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Peter Kissick – LAW 204/704: Corporate Law

Peter KissickPeter 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.

LAW 201/701 – CONTRIBUTING FACULTY

Cherie Metcalf – Constitutional Law

Cherie MetcalfCherie 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 BalaNicholas (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 KerrLisa 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

Dean Bill FlanaganBill 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 KnutsenErik 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 PrattMichael 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.