Lakehead University Faculty of Law – First Year Highlights

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Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Lakehead University Faculty of LawTHUNDER BAY – The Lakehead University Faculty of Law is pleased to welcome Dr. Frances Chapman and Mr. Jason MacLean to its founding faculty. These appointments officially complete the Faculty’s first year hires.

“Both of our new faculty bring with them solid legal practice credentials and strong scholarship — exactly what we need,” said the Faculty of Law’s Dean, Lee Stuesser. “In a small school that emphasizes teaching, they will be excellent in the classroom. We’re thrilled to have them as part of our founding team.”

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Dr. Frances Chapman comes to us from St. Jerome’s University – University of Waterloo, where she established a strong reputation for her classroom teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies program since 2009, and a contract lecturer since 2007.

Dr. Chapman was admitted to the Bar in 2002 after having completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario. Following a couple of years in private practice with the London firm of Cohen Highly LLP in (2003-2005), she returned to complete her LL.M. before moving on to Osgoode Hall, York University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2009.  Her research interests lie in the area of criminal defence.

Dr. Chapman has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the William Z. Estey Fellowship in Law and the UW Legal Studies Society Distinguished Professor Award 2012.

Mr. Jason MacLean is presently a senior litigation associate at the national law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, where he has practiced since 2008. Before joining Osler, Mr. MacLean clerked for Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to that he worked as an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City. Mr. MacLean was called to the Bar in both New York State and the Province of Ontario.

Mr. MacLean received an Honours B.A. in Anthropology from St. Francis Xavier University in 1994, graduating with the Governor General’s Medal. He went on to complete a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1995, and completed the requirements (ABD) for his Ph.D. in Sociology from U of T in 2000. Mr. MacLean graduated with a joint B.C.L. / LL.B. from the McGill University Faculty of Law in 2006. His research interests include Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Corporate Law (particularly Corporate Social Responsibility and Anti-Corruption), Property Law and Legal Education.

Mr. MacLean is also a former Legal Consultant to the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation and the Canadian Securities Transition Office (2008-2010), a contributing editor of the Global Competition Litigation Review, and the Constitutional and Administrative Law editor of the Toronto Law Journal. Mr. MacLean has received numerous awards and has authored over 20 articles.

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Law, Ontario’s first new Law School in 42 years, will open its doors to its first class of students in September 2013. 

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