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Apply or Recommend to a Friend? Job Postings at Osgoode (deadline Sept.30)

We’re looking to add to our faculty complement. Want to join us? The ad is copied in full below.  Please note special instructions for those already employed in a faculty – at the bottom. Those unfamiliar with Canadian employment equity rules might be interested in the text italicized below.

Here’s hoping this opportunity looks enticing to some of you!

Academic Employment Opportunities Osgoode Hall Law School York University

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Canada’s largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. In the coming year, Osgoode expects to make two faculty appointments that will further enrich the strong and innovative teaching and research program and the diversity of the faculty. These appointments will be effective July 1, 2012, subject to final budgetary approval.

In making these appointments, Osgoode Hall Law School wishes to sustain its commitment to a broad and innovative curriculum that responds to the changes in Canada’s social, economic, political, and intellectual environments and to enhance its long-standing involvement in interdisciplinary and theoretical teaching and scholarship. To these ends, the Law School will consider all individuals with excellence in scholarly research and in teaching and exceptional records of academic accomplishment in the following areas of priority for the two appointments (rank open): (1) Private Law/Property; (2) Dispute Resolution; (3) Aboriginal Law; (4) Environmental Law; (5) Public International Law; and (6) Special Distinction. The category of “Special Distinction” primarily refers to “candidates who are nationally recognized as one of the top scholars in their selected field.”

For updates and more particulars on the areas of priority, including the category of special distinction, please visit our website at www.osgoode.yorku.ca.

Osgoode Hall Law School is committed to equality and diversity. The Law School has an Employment Equity Plan, which aims to ensure that our faculty is reflective of the four designated societal groups identified in the federal Employment Equity Act: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. The Law School welcomes applications from members of these groups and encourages candidates to self-identify in their initial applications. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with HRSDC regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested individuals should send an application that identifies their areas of specialization and areas of competence in research and teaching, together with a curriculum vitae, copies of law and graduate transcripts, copies of sample publications, and three signed confidential letters of academic reference, to be received as soon as possible, and in any event no later than Friday, September 30, 2011 to: Amanda Wassermuhl, Secretary of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, e-mail: facultyrecruitment@osgoode.yorku.ca. Please note that electronic applications are strongly preferred, and hard copies will not be returned.

Applicants who currently hold faculty positions are invited to contact Professor Craig Scott, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at (416) 736-5366 or Lorne Sossin, Dean, at (416) 736-5199.

Convocation: congratulations to Osgoode 2011 Grads

Here’s the webcast of the whole thing, complete with Hon Doc receipient Rod MacDonald’s speech & song.  Live, it made me sniffle. Not sure how a webcast might muffle the emotional power, but have a look.

Here are some official pictures – and below are some from my blackberry and other sources.  I enjoy the immediate aftermath of graduation so much – for all the “pomp and circumstance”, there’s lots of very genuine joy – some of the faces are absolutely transformed (students and their “supporters” both clearly relieved).


Feminist Legal Studies – New Award @ UBC (JD students) and other awards…

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies

UBC Law is very pleased to announce a new donor-funded award for UBC Law students. The Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies will be granted annually to a male or female student in good academic standing who has demonstrated leadership in feminist issues and faces financial or systemic barriers to accessing or continuing a legal education.

Donor Sonya Wall was inspired to establish the award by the commitment shown by her aunt, the late Hilda Janzen, to the advancement of women in professional fields, and by the costs and other barriers students face in pursuing a legal education.

This award will be the largest available for an individual UBC Law J.D. student. At $18,000 annually, the award will cover the current costs of tuition and books for the recipient, as well as offset living expenses for the year. Susan Boyd, Professor of Law, Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, and Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies says that

this amazing new award recognizes two important facts: first, that there is an ongoing need for lawyering inspired by a feminist ethic and, second, that many students who are committed to bringing their feminist approach to law encounter barriers in the course of obtaining a law degree. Sonya’s generosity ensures that the law school community will be enriched by the presence of feminist students and that their expertise will promote social justice in years to come.

The Faculty is grateful for this inspired gift and welcomes Ms. Wall to the group of generous alumni and friends who support the education of UBC law students.

Students interested in applying for the Hilda Janzen Memorial Award can access the application here (PDF).

Deadline: June 3rd, 2011 for continuing law students / June 27th, 2011 for incoming first year students.

UBC has other prizes and scholarships aimed at feminist legal studies listed here.  Osgoode/York have some too, for Graduate studies. I’ll put all these up again next year, with better timing…

Mary Jane Mossman Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established in recognition of the contribution made by Osgoode Professor Mary Jane Mossman to issues of legal scholarship and education, and particularly as they relate to concerns of women. One scholarship with a total value of $15,000 will be awarded. The main criterion for this scholarship is a demonstrated potential for excellence in feminist legal theory, supported by a strong academic background and/or other activities or projects of relevance undertaken by the applicant. This scholarship requires a separate letter of application, along with a CV, to be submitted by May 1.

Helena Orton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honours the life and work of Helena Orton, whose tragic death in 1997 cut short a distinguished career dedicated to using law as a tool to pursue equality for women, especially for women in the workplace. The scholarship of $5,000 is available to a student undertaking either full-time or part-time thesis graduate studies, at Osgoode Hall Law School or York University School of Women’s Studies, whose graduate work will explore relationships between law and social equality. Preference will be given to students committed to studying workplace issues of benefit to women. Students will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to equality issues. This scholarship requires a separate letter of application, along with a CV, to be submitted by May 1.

Tell me about your school’s awards for feminist legal studies and I’ll post them in the category “awards/prizes/scholarships”.

Why Celebrate IWD? We have ideas.

I was speaking to a prominent feminist activist last week and I asked on behalf of some students whether she’d like to come and speak to a panel International Women’s Day – next Tuesday!
Her response?

There’s f[. ] all to celebrate

Well, yes. Good point, good reason. But.  Could we do something with that?  Strategically, critically?
In honour of International Women’s Day, students at Osgoode Hall (our International Legal Partnership in partnership with the Institute of Feminist Legal Studies (IFLS) and Women’s Caucus) are presenting a week of events on the theme: 

Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender Based Violence: a Week of Advocacy and Awareness

I’ve mentioned some of the events already.  Got to http://bit.ly/endingsgbv to see the complete list.

Yesterday we invited members of the Osgoode community, staff, students and faculty, to think about and express their reasons for celebrating.

Check out what they “said” in the pics and slide show below.  Click on pics for full size version. Ditto slide show.

If you need to download your own photo to show your mom (or your kid) what you wrote, try this flickr link.



Call for Papers: Graduate Students – (Gender &) Globalization

Osgoode Graduate student, Secretary of the Graduate Law Student Association, and Conference organizing committee member Shanthi Senthe forwarded this CFP to me with a special note that they are hoping for a panel on gender and globalization.

Any takers?  Suggest this to your grad students!


CONFERENCE: May 9&10 in Toronto see: http://glsa.osgoode.yorku.ca/call-for-papers

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