January 12, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON
Lakehead University’s second Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will be Angelique EagleWoman.
EagleWoman is coming to Lakehead from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she is a law professor and a legal scholar. She has also served as a Tribal Judge in four Tribal Court systems.
As a practicing attorney, one of the highlights of her career was serving as General Counsel for her own Tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in Dakota.
Lakehead Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson said she is excited to welcome Lakehead’s newest Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.
“Angelique was at the top of our list and we are thrilled she’s coming to Lakehead. Her diverse experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to our students in the Faculty of Law and to Ontario when those students begin practicing law. She is an exceptional teacher, engaged in her scholarship, and has kept one foot in the practical aspects of her field,” Dr. McPherson said.
EagleWoman graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science, received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law with distinction, and her LLM in American Indian and Indigenous Law with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
As a law professor, she has taught in the areas of Native American Law, Tribal Nation Economics & Law, Native American Natural Resources Law, and Civil Procedure. EagleWoman presents and publishes on topics involving tribal economics, sovereignty, international Indigenous principles, and the quality of life for Indigenous peoples.
“This position is a dream come true for me because of the Faculty of Law’s commitment to produce lawyers for rural and small town legal practice, the focus on natural resources and environmental law, and the required curriculum on aspects of Aboriginal and Indigenous law,” EagleWoman said.
“With my background, I feel especially suited to be at the helm of the law school as it moves from the start-up phase to taking its place among the other distinguished law schools in Ontario and nationally,” she said.
Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson said he is proud that someone with such exceptional breadth and depth of experience will lead Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. “I am extremely confident that our Faculty of Law’s future is in the right hands, and I welcome her and her family to our University and to Thunder Bay.”
EagleWoman will begin her role as Dean of Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in May 2016.
Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is Canada’s newest law school, having opened its doors in September 2013. In June 2016, the University will graduate its first ever cohort of law students.
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Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.
Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.