APRIL 2014

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The CFCJ Welcomes New Board Members

The CFCJ is pleased to welcome Dr. Patricia Hughes and Gillian Marriot, QC to the CFCJ Board. Hughes has been the Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario since 2007, and has an extensive academic career teaching at various Canadian universities. In addition, Hughes has written extensively in the areas of constitutional law, dispute resolution and feminist legal theories, as well as in administrative law, labour law and legal education and access to justice. Marriot practices family law at Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP, and is the current Executive Director of Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). She is also an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA). To read more about our Board Members, click here.

Our student researchers are a central part of the CFCJ team and we are delighted to introduce them to you.

Kimberley Byers

Student Research Fellow

Kimberley Byers, BA Hons (Carleton), MA (International Development, SMU), is currently enrolled in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School.  

Prior to arriving at Osgoode, Kimberley worked for over ten years as a human rights advocate and policy analyst in Canada, India, Jamaica and Cameroon.  Her work has been with both the governments of Canada and Thailand, and also with various non-profit organizations such as Amnesty International Canada, Cuso International, Oxfam, and the United Nations Association in Canada.  She has written submissions to UN treaty monitoring bodies and has appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Committee on behalf of a coalition of Jamaican NGOs.

Kimberley is also a Criminal Law Division Leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) and a Project Director with the International Legal Partnership at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Professor Barbara Billinglsey Presents Paper in Scotland

On April 9, 2014, Cost of Justice Research Alliance member Professor Barbara Billingsley presented “Recent Reforms in Canadian Civil Procedure” at the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2014 conference. The annual conference was hosted by Robert Gordon University Law School in Aberdeen, Scotland. Professor Billingsley’s presentation examined the implementation of major reforms of the rules of civil procedure in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia between 2009 and 2010.

See the University of Alberta Faculty of Law’s news article about Professor Billingsley’s presentation here.

Trevor Farrow releases his new book!

Please join us in congratulating Trevor Farrow, CFCJ Chair of the Board, on the release of his new book, Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy. The book discusses how privatization of the public justice system may lead to procedural unfairness, power imbalances, and the breakdown of our systems of democratic governance. Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy demonstrates the urgent need to publicize, politicize, debate, and ultimately temper these moves towards privatized justice. The book can be ordered on Amazon or the University of Toronto Press website.


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