Call to the Bar

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 41 Lakehead Law Students were called to the Bar.

In addition, The Law Society of Upper Canada presented an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree to the  Honourable Harry S. LaForme.

Annual Golf Tournament

The Sports Law Club held the Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Emerald Greens Golf Course.  There was a great turn out with funds raised for the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School's sports programs.

Graduation of the Class of 2017 – The Second Set of Law Graduates from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

On June 1 and 2, 2017 Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University proudly hosted graduation ceremonies for the 59 graduates in the Class of 2017! Graduates had the opportunity to participate in a Blanket Ceremony, Law Ceremony, Convocation Ceremony, and Graduation Reception.

The Blanket Ceremony, held on June 1, honoured graduates achievements and dedication and was an opportunity for graduates to thank those who supported them during their educational journey. The Blanket Ceremony was run by Elders Isabel Mercier and Gene Nowegejick; students were honoured to have ceremonial music provided by women drummers from the Red Rock Indian Band and Fort William First Nations. Events of the Blanket Ceremony included smudging, prayer, sharing, honouring individual graduates, and feasting together on traditional food. Six students chose to participate in the Blanket Ceremony and several community members, staff and faculty attended to support the graduates, including the Law Ceremony Keynote Speaker, the Hon. Bob Rae and his wife, Arlene.

On June 2nd, 48 of the 59 graduates, along with their families, friends, supporters and Thunder Bay community members, attended the Law Ceremony at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law,  The Law Ceremony opened with Dean Angelique EagleWoman providing a welcoming and words of advice for the new graduates entering the legal profession. To congratulate the graduates on their remarkable achievements, remarks were also brought by several members of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and Thunder Bay community, including: Rene Larson (President of the Thunder Bay Law Association), Celina Reitberger (Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and Fort William First Nation), Karen Drake (Metis Nation of Ontario and Assistant Professor of Law); Dr. Frances Chapman (Associate Professor of Law), and Leslie De Muelles (Class of 2017 Valedictorian).  Keynote speaker, Hon. Bob Rae inspired graduates to continue pursuing law careers with a sense of responsibility, integrity and passion. He spoke of the braid of three legal traditions in Canada – federal, provincial and Indigenous – as important for the coming years.  He also shared the many challenges faced by Chief Justice Bora Laskin throughout his legal career and encouraged the law graduates to persevere.  The Canadian Bar Insurance Association graciously sponsored the lunch for graduates and their supporters.

At the close of the celebrations, graduates and their supporters, staff, and faculty were invited to attend a Graduation Reception in the auditorium at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The reception was co-hosted by the Law Students Society and the Faculty of Law. Those in attendance congratulated each other through heartfelt toasts and sharing memories of their time at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Lakehead University Community Legal Services (Student Legal Aid Clinic) Admin Assistant (Part-Time/Casual limited term)

Admin Assistant (Part-Time/Casual limited term) $17.50/hour (July – September 2017)


Lakehead University Community Legal Services is a legal clinic within the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law that provides legal services to low income clients, as well as an experience based educational program for Lakehead Law students.  Our work includes individual case files, teaching, community outreach and public legal education.


We are seeking a highly organized, detail oriented, Lakehead Law Student to provide some part-time / casual assistance to our Administrative team.  This position will assist the clinic with summer projects that generate extra administrative duties and will serve as backfill for the full-time Admin position during occasional vacation days.

Reporting to the Clinic Director, this position:

  • Providing administrative assistance to the Director as needed;
  • Acting as Reception / Screening and referring calls;
  • File management (opening, closing, storing, destruction);
  • Tracking court appearances and limitation dates;
  • Scanning and uploading documents to the file management software;
  • Compiling packages for ID clinics
  • Such other administrative duties as determined by the Director.



This position requires someone with excellent administrative and computer skills as well as knowledge of the legal system:

  • Currently enrolled in the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, entering second or third year.
  • Excellent computer skills including a high level of proficiency with all Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, and Excel) as well as Google Mail, Google Documents and Google Calendar;  experience with website editing/maintenance preferred; 
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • A proven ability to balance multiple and competing priorities in a fast paced environment;
  • An ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
  • A demonstrated ability in serving low-income clients and persons with disabilities in a respectful and sensitive manner; 
  • Demonstrated cultural competencies / experience serving Aboriginal persons / familiarity with Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario;
  • Diplomacy and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential matters;


If you are interested in applying, please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining your experience to:

Director Kimberley Gagan

Lakehead University Community Legal Clinic


Limited Term Faculty Positions

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay campus, invites applications for up to two (2) Limited Term Faculty positions each for a term of 10 months to three years, dependent on qualifications and experience. The appointment(s) will commence August 1, 2017 at an academic rank commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. 

For more information please go to:

The Foundation for Legal Research awards Professor Miriam Cohen

The Foundation for Legal Research has awarded Professor Miriam Cohen a research grant for a new project on “investment migration and constructions of Canadian citizenship” for $4,800. Professor Cohen will pursue this project in the Summer and will be assisted by a research student from the Law School.


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