Happy Feminist Friday!
Today we are profiling Prof. Jillian Rogin, a Windsor Law aluma and now Windsor Law assistant professor.
Jillian Rogin is the mother of a vivacious two year old. She completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University with a double major in Indigenous Studies and Philosophy. It was here that she began to understand her role in settler-colonialism and her responsibilities as a settler on this land. In furtherance of this pursuit, she completed an M.E.S. graduate degree at York University where she examined gender and apartheid in Israel. After working in social services for almost a decade, she decided to go to law school to try to disentangle her disillusionment with the legal system and completed a LL.B. degree at the University of Windsor. After completing her articles at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, she worked at Legal Aid Ontario as a duty counsel lawyer (criminal). She spent a number of years in this role working at the Ontario Court of Justice focusing on judicial interim release. Jillian then completed an LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School examining the law of bail as it applies to Indigenous accused people in Canada. After working for two years as a review counsel at Community Legal Aid (CLA) in Windsor, she accepted the appointment of Assistant (Clinic) Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She researches and publishes in the areas of criminal law including judicial interim release, evidence in sexual assault cases, Gladue, and other issues related to the criminal justice system in Canada. Her work is informed by feminist legal theory, Indigenous scholarship, and post-colonial and critical race scholarship.
The qualities I admire most in a law professor are…clarity, the ability to foster critical thought, engaged in the issues being taught, organized, the ability to model resilience and to live the work.
The trait I deplore in a law professor is…ego and fragility (which often go hand in hand).
The best time of day for writing is…I have a two year old which means that the best time of day to write is any moment I can get.
My feminist heroes are…Nahla Abdo, Patricia Monture, Maria Campbell, Lee Maracle, Julia Sudbury, Fathima Cader, Theresa Spence (I could continue with this list – not sure where to stop, there are so many).
Right now I am working on…a paper about bail/gender/ and Indigenous female accused.
Right now I am reading…Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, everything by Bev Jacobs and Carol LaPrairie (see above paper I’m working on), and I’m reading the autobiography of Malcolm X in my spare time.
And I wish I were reading…Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard.
I would recommend that all IFLS readers read…Thunder in my Soul by Patrica Monture-Angus and Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson.
A song I love that doesn’t get enough airplay is…“Lovin You” by Minnie Ripperton.
If I wasn’t a law professor, I would be spend my time…with my daughter making homemade pasta – or being a criminal defence lawyer. Or both.
The most interesting thing about being a faculty member where I did my J.D. is…learning to refer to my new colleagues by their first names.
The most surprising part of working with Windsor’s Community Legal Aid clinic is…the magnitude of the learning curve for law students. Watching it happen is completely empowering and disempowering at the same time.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Prof. Rogin!