Alumni Echoes

October 2018

McGill Law alumni have been busy over the summer, taking up new professional challenges, running in the elections, getting profiled for their remarkable professional achievements, winning prestigious awards, and penning op-eds on topics ranging from millennial retention to the Rohingya genocide.

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Une ex-associée de Fasken, Tasha Lackman, BCL/LLB’03, devient VP de la Fondation du Grand Montréal

Martine Turenne, Droit Inc., 19 septembre 2018

La Fondation du Grand Montréal (FGM) a embauché Tasha Lackman au nouveau poste de vice-présidente des opérations. Tasha Lackman était depuis près de deux ans directrice associée des initiatives stratégiques à l’Université McGill. Auparavant, elle a pratiqué le droit pendant douze ans chez Fasken.
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Une présence plus visible au Québec – Grande entrevue avec Martine Turcotte, BCL’82, LLB’83, Présidente, Direction du Québec, Bell

Jean-Philippe Décarie, LaPresse+, 18 septembre 2018

« Depuis quelques années déjà, Bell semble beaucoup plus présente au Québec. Il y d’abord eu, il y a cinq ans, l’acquisition d’Astral, qui a accru la visibilité de Bell Média, et puis l’entreprise de communications est devenue actionnaire de Spectra (Festival de jazz, FrancoFolies…), par l’entremise de sa participation dans evenko, avec qui elle vient tout juste de réaliser l’acquisition d’une position majoritaire dans le Groupe Juste pour rire. Entrevue avec la présidente de Bell au Québec, Martine Turcotte. »
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Lawyer Soor, BCL/LLB’15, MBA’15, Turns Social Entrepreneur and Introduces Commercial Breeding of Palm Weevil Larvae

M odern Ghana, 18 September 2018

After graduating from law school, one would have expected a young Canadian lady to storm her country’s lucrative legal environment to practice. Twenty-nine year-old Shobhita Soor of McGill University chose a rather unusual path: feeding and breeding palm weevil larvae, known as Akokono in Ghana. In 2013, she won the Hult Prize of one million U.S. dollars, together with colleagues from McGill University with whom she had formed Aspire Foods.
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Rohingya: ce que le Canada peut faire dès maintenantAmanda Ghahremani

Amanda Ghahremani, BCL/LLB’15, HuffPost, 17 septembre 2018

« Le Canada doit contribuer au rétablissement de la dignité du peuple Rohingya en ayant recours à la justice et en s’assurant que les crimes commis ne demeurent pas impunis. Malgré la déportation de centaines de milliers de civils et des allégations de génocide et de nettoyage ethnique, le peuple Rohingya s’est jusqu’à maintenant vu refuser l’accès à la justice. Un processus de réflexion créatif et novateur initié par la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) pourrait changer la donne. Le Canada dispose d’une opportunité unique de jouer dans la cour des grands et de s’engager de façon indélébile et durable en faveur de la justice pour un peuple qui le mérite désespérément… »
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Le bibliothécaire Daniel Boyer et six diplômé.e.s reçoivent la distinction Avocat émériteDaniel Boyer

Le 12 septembre, la Faculté de droit avait le plaisir d’annoncer que Daniel Boyer, Ad. E., bibliothécaire Wainwright et bibliothécaire en chef de la Bibliothèque de droit Nahum Gelber, avait reçu la distinction d’avocat émérite du Barreau du Québec.

Six membres de notre communauté diplômée ont également reçu cette distinction: Eric Dunberry, Ad. E., BCL’86 ; Christine Jutras, Ad. E., LLM’16 ; Claude Marseille, Ad. E., BCL’86, LLB’86 ; Frédérique Sabourin, Ad. E., LLM’89 ; Martin F. Sheehan, Ad. E., BCL’90, LLB’90 ; et Nathalie Vézina, Ad. E., BCL’88, LLB’88.
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Élections 2018 : 25 avocats dans la bataille électorale

Céline Gobert, Droit Inc., 11 septembre 2018

On le sait, les avocats ont toujours aimé la politique, et celle-ci le leur rend bien. Le Barreau du Québec compte plusieurs anciens ministres et quelques anciens premiers ministres encore actifs dans la profession. La Faculté relève que six de ses diplômés et diplômées étaient en lice dans l’élection provinciale :

  • Véronique Hivon, BCL’94, LLB’94
  • Mathieu Lévesque, BCL/LLB’11
  • Paule Robitaille, BCL’86, LLB’86
  • Guillaume Rousseau, LLM’06
  • Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, BCL’01, LLB’01
  • Kathleen Weil, BCL’82, LLB’82

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Remarquablement, quatre de ces six diplômés et diplômées ont été élus. Lire l’article…

Flying Cars to Asteroid Mining: University of Mississippi Prepares for Future Legal Issues

Ole Miss – University of Mississippi News, 10 September 2018

IASL McGill alumni Michelle Hanlon, LLM’17, and Charles Stotler, LLM’16, were appointed associate directors of the Masters of Laws program in air and space law at the University of Mississippi’s School of Law.
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Daniel Judd, LLM’17, wins inaugural Mustill Essay Prize

The Faculty of Law was pleased to learn that Daniel Judd is the winner of the inaugural Michael Mustill Essay Prize for his essay ‘Arbitral Independence as Trusteeship’. The prize was created by Great Britain’s International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), in association with St John’s College, Cambridge, to commemorate the life and work of Michael Mustill, one of the great figures of international and domestic arbitration, as a practitioner, scholar, judge and arbitrator. The biennial competition comes with a prize of £10,000.

A look at N.B. Liberal Leader Brian Gallant, LLM’11

National Post, 22 August 2018

A sketch of Premier Brian Gallant, leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick:

Age: 36, making him Canada’s youngest premier.

Hometown: Shediac Bridge, N.B.

Job before politics: Gallant says he started two small companies to finance his post-secondary education, including a law degree from McGill University; he practised corporate and commercial law before becoming a partner at the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe, N.B….
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On retention: Millennials seek feedback, work-life balance and greater flexibility

Aly R. Háji, BCL/LLB’18, MBA’18, Lexpert Magazine, July-August 2018

“For Law students, September brings more than the anxiety of a new academic year. It also brings the palpable stress of On Campus Interviews, during which students attempt to land coveted jobs at elite law firms. But given the value and importance placed on these jobs, it is surprising that law firms have such high attrition rates for new lawyers. Why is that?

To answer this question, I developed a survey tool based on academic literature on generational theory and law firm management, interviewing millennial lawyers, Big Law firm managers and academics who study millennials. The responses to my survey painted an interesting, albeit dreary picture; it seems law firm leadership has failed to understand millennials’ values and workplace preferences. Consequently, the law firm as a workplace has failed to adapt to those needs and values.”
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Jordan Waxman, LLB’91, BCL’92: How to Manage the Finances of the Rich and Famous

Karl Kaufman, Forbes, 29 August 2018

“Jordan Waxman, ranked #42 in Forbes’ list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors, is Managing Partner of HSW Advisors ($2.5 billion in assets under management) as well as managing partner for its subset division, HighTower Sports and Entertainment.

I spoke with Waxman about managing the finances of athletes and entertainers, including ways to mitigate their tax burdens, strategies for planning an athlete’s long retirement and how he is able to get through to young athletes before they buy cars or houses for their family and friends…”
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Opinion: Charities, ‘political activity’ and free speech

Pearl Eliadis, BCL’85, LLB’85, Montreal Gazette, 29 August 2018

“On July 16, Justice Edward Morgan of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice ruled that limits imposed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that muzzle charities are arbitrary and violate freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But now, the federal government has announced it will appeal the ruling.

According to Imagine Canada, there are about 85,000 charities in Canada. Two million people work in the charitable and non-profit sector and 12.5 million Canadians volunteer. That is a lot of people who have a lot to say, but if they are doing so through a charity — the vehicle of choice for millions — their expression is severely restricted if it is deemed public advocacy, or what the CRA calls ‘political activities.’”
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Matt Malone, BCL/LLB’18, winner of the Strosberg Essay Prize

Matt Malone won the 2018 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize for the best student essay on Class Actions in Canada for his essay “Judicial Scrutiny of Third Party Litigation Funding Agreements in Canadian Class Actions.” His paper, which he wrote in his last year under the supervision of Professor Richard Gold, will appear in an upcoming issue of Canadian Class Action Review. He will also receive a prize of $10,000. Bravo, Matt!


 

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