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Bill 62 is formally titled An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies. It is a nice name for a not-so nice law and the culmination of something Quebec has been trying
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On November 20, 2017, Queen’s Women in the Law Club and the Principal’s Forum hosted “A fireside chat” with Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin. Chief Justice McLachlin is well known as the first female, and longest serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The discussion with McLachlin CJC covered
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This is the fourth installment of the series “3Ls Reading their Personal Statements featuring The Class of 2017”. Feature #1 and the introduction to this series can be found at this link. Feature 2 with Madeline Ritchie is here. Feature 3 with James Omran can be found here. FEATURE 4:
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This is the third installment of the series “3Ls Reading their Personal Statements featuring The Class of 2017”. Part 1 introduced us to David MacLean. Part 2 features Madeline Ritchie. FEATURE 3: JAMES OMRAN Academic/Career Goals at the Time the Personal Statement was Written: When writing my personal statement, I
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FEATURE 2: MADELINE RITCHIE This is the second installment of the series “3Ls Reading their Personal Statements featuring The Class of 2017”. Feature #1 and the introduction to this series can be found here. Academic/Career Goals at the Time the Personal Statement was Written: I didn’t think to read my
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The best thing about Queen’s Law is the community. That is the selling point we have received – and perhaps repeated to others – at some point in our law school careers. At the forefront of our community are our clubs and their executives. These are law students who take
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Clubs need money to host events. And event organizers need certainty that their funding requests will be honoured. But at the same time, some measure of accountability must be maintained over how clubs funding is spent. Over the past year clubs have faced the additional hurdles of convoluted financial requirements.
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Citing serious workload implications for both students and faculty, Professor Mohamed Khimji resigned on March 26 from the Faculty Board’s Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum Review, after expressing concerns with the alternatives under consideration. In an email to Committee members, the relevant section of which was forwarded to Juris Diction
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“Dear Law Student: I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the profession that you are about to enter is one of the most unhappy and unhealthy on the face of the earth—and, in the view of many, one of the most unethical. The good news
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On Thursday March 16th, Queen’s Law was treated to one of its yearly highlights, as a sold out Grand Theatre, made up of the Queen’s Law community, who watched their peers two-step, shimmy and shake for an incredibly important cause: the Cabaret for the Cure benefiting the Queen’s Law Cancer
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One of the biggest stories covered by Juris Diction during the 2015-2016 school year was the debate over what to do with the Law Students Society’s (LSS) surplus. Accumulated as a result of the LSS collecting more in student activity fees than was spent for supporting student activities at the
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You may have noticed that many menus at your favourite eateries now list the caloric content of their food and drink items. This is the result of new provincial legislation called the Healthy Menu Choices Act. As of January 1, 2017, all food-service chains that have 20 or more locations
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Jane Mundy (2L) is the De-Minimis Editor of Juris Diction.
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Improving student engagement and revitalizing smokers were the key themes of Juris Diction’s LSS Core Town Hall on Tuesday evening, as candidates answered questions from Queen’s Law students ahead of the LSS Core elections on March 8th and 9th, 2017.   This year’s group of candidates include two returning members
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Gary Wilson is not a librarian. Of course, he works for the Queen’s University Libraries, but officially he is a Reference Assistant: the person who catalogues items, checks out books, loans out power chargers and generally ensures that the library operates smoothly throughout the day. Gary may not be a
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The Queen’s Law “community”. An inescapable fish bowl? Or a home away from home? Depends on who you ask. Studying law in the city of Kingston undoubtedly leaves its mark on students. Basic social interaction is markedly different than for those who opt to study law in a city like
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The articling recruit is unique compared to the OCI process. Not only are there a greater variety of prospective employers that participate, but also students generally know the area of law they would prefer to practice in and have some tangible experiences to support their interest (there are only so
Neil Gorsuch (R) with Pres. Donald Trump (L). Courtesy: The Atlantic

Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. The seat, which has been empty since Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016, is the subject of fierce
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With the increasing trend towards hybrid degrees that combine the Juris Doctor (JD) with a master’s degree, the bare JD students may be finding it hard to compete in today’s tightening job market. After all, government agencies prefer a lawyer with a Master’s in Public Administration and a corporate law
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Queen’s Law invited Professor Kyle Kirkup from the University of Ottawa to speak to students about the substantive qualities of Bill C-16 — the Bill about gender identity and expression currently going through the Senate. Professor Lisa Kelly opened the seminar by highlighting that this talk arose directly out of
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This past Saturday, Queen’s Law participated in the unprecedented collaborative effort of Canadian law schools. In reaction to recent immigration bans in the United States, students from McGill reached out to law schools in Canada to organize a Research-a-thon in support of the Canadian Council for Refugees. In less than
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The debate for the Conservative leadership race held this past Saturday in Halifax featured all fourteen (fourteen!) hopeful candidates.   On the surface, it was eerily reminiscent of last year’s Republican leadership race in the United States. The race featured an over-crowded stage, a reality TV star, a surgeon turned
Donald Trump with ECW Champion Bobby Lashley at Wrestlemania 23, Detriot MI. Courtesy: WWE

Donald Trump and Vince McMahon are old friends. The Donald has appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) programing for decades and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Mr. McMahon’s wife, Linda McMahon has been named the Secretary for Small Business.   We are, therefore, very excited to
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On Monday January 23, the Queen’s Law Runnymede Society hosted a debate between Professor Jordan Peterson and Professor Bruce Pardy about “Free Speech, Human Rights Legislation, and Bill C-16”. Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at University of Toronto and an outspoken critic of what he categorizes as “forced
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How Trump’s disdain of the Juidicial system is shaping it for the future
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This isn’t going to be pretty.   Two not-so-good things happened in my time at QL.   1. In 2L, a long-term relationship ended, so I got myself tested. They found something not-so-good, and after over 1 hour of sitting in the doctor’s office, I realized I was walking out
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What is the price of water?   In a country as vast as Canada, it is often easy to take for granted the easy, free access we have to uncontaminated fresh water. We are fortunate to live in a land that is so teeming with lakes and rivers that most
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Should people have the right to decide the gender pronoun by which they are addressed?   Professor Bruce Pardy of Queen’s Law and Professor Jordan Peterson – the beleaguered and controversial figure at the centre of a controversy surrounding Bill C-16 – sparred on that question at the Runnymede Society’s
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On Monday, January 23, 2017 a debate was held between Professor Bruce Pardy and Professor Jordan Peterson at the Faculty of Law over the laws of Bill C-16, which amend the Criminal Code and Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression as enumerated grounds for discrimination
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Introductory Remarks   These new Procedures are being rolled out in response to feedback from law students and accredited law schools in Ontario about concerns raised about the summer recruitment process (which has previously been referred to as OCI’s, and will henceforth be known as TII’s [Throw-It-In]). This multi-step process