Education and Training: Meet The Team

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Ian Holloway, Q.C Chair

Ian Holloway was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Ian was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and associate Dean at the Australian National University. He has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University.

Before beginning his academic career, Dean Holloway spent a number of years in private practice with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, where he focused on labour and employment law. He also served as the law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada. In 2003, Dean Holloway was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an honour that is held by only a handful of Canadians.

Adam Dodek Team Member

Adam Dodek is Vice-Dean Research and Associate Professor in the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa.

A graduate of McGill, Harvard and the University of Toronto, Adam was a Fulbright scholar who clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel and the U.S. Court of Appeals before returning to clerk for the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada.

He practised with the Public Law Working Group in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto office until 2003, when he joined the staff of Ontario’s Attorney General. He joined the University of Ottawa faculty in 2008.

Professor Dodek is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.

Daniel Jutras Team Member

Dean Jutras joined the Faculty of Law, McGill University in 1985 after clerking with Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has been the Dean of the Faculty since March 2010.

From 2002 to 2004, Dean Jutras took leave from the faculty to act as personal secretary to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, in the position of Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, and of Université de Montréal, Dean Jutras' teaching and research interests are in civil law and comparative law. His expertise extends to constitutional law:  in 2013, he  was appointed by the Supreme Court of Canada to serve as amicus curiæ in the Reference on the Reform of the Senate of Canada.

Stephanie Willson Team Member

Stephanie Willson is McCarthy Tétrault’s Chief Professional Resources Officer. Her mandate is to ensure that talent management programs and practices for all of the firm’s lawyers are second to none. She has established herself as a leader in lawyer recruitment, talent management and leadership development.

Ms. Willson holds a BA in Psychology and LLB from Queen’s University. Later studies have focused on human resources management and organization development.

Ms. Willson is a member of The Law Firm Talent Management Roundtable, the Canadian Management Association, the National Association for Law Placement and the Professional Development Consortium. She was a member of the CBA’s sub-committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession from 2003-2007 as well as Catalyst’s advisory committee on work-life balance in Canadian law firms from 2004-2006.

Douglas D. Ferguson Team Member

Doug Ferguson spent 20 years in private practice as a partner with the London firm of Bitz, Szemenyei, Ferguson & MacKenzie (now Szemenyei MacKenzie).  His practice consisted of civil litigation, wills and estates, and tax law, including acting as a federal Crown for the Canada Revenue Agency.

In 2003, Mr. Ferguson returned to his alma mater, Western’s Faculty of Law, as Adjunct Professor and Director of Community Legal Services.

An active member of both the CBA and OBA, Mr. Ferguson in 2010 organized the first national conference for Canadian student legal clinics, and spearheaded the founding of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, where he serves as the inaugural president. He is outspoken on the need for reform of legal education, and on the role of law schools in access to justice.

Norman Letalik Team Member

As Borden Ladner Gervais’ Managing Director, Professional Excellence, Norm Letalik’s responsibilities include recruitment, mentoring, performance evaluations, continuing education, knowledge management and professional development activities.  Norm is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

Mr. Letalik was called to the bar of Ontario in 1989 and was added to the rolls as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1998. Before practising law, he was a law professor at Dalhousie University (1980-86) and the National University of Singapore (1986-88).  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, where he lectures in the Global Professional LL.M. Program. 

He currently practices in the fields of product liability, class actions, maritime and shipping law. He is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for product liability law and in Lexpert for maritime and shipping law.

 

Rani W. Wong Team Member

Born and raised in Edmonton, Rani Wong earned her B.A. (Honours) in Economics at Queen’s University and her joint LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Wong practiced corporate and commercial law with a focus on financial services with Canada’s top national law firms, including Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Stikeman Elliott LLP and Bennett Jones LLP, in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. She also practiced for five years with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in their Singapore office, acting for multinational corporations and financial institutions throughout Asia.

Now with Soby Boyden Lenz in Calgary, Ms. Wong is focused on bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge to her current practice in family law, her passion and true calling.

She is on the Executive Board of the Association of Women Lawyers and is the Membership Chair of the Association.  Ms. Wong is also the AWL Mentoring Program Chair, having developed the inaugural Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers in Calgary in 2012/2013.  She is an active member of the Retention of Women in Law working group, an initiative of the Law Society of Alberta, which is currently developing a series of Skills Workshops for lawyers in Calgary.

Staff

Sheila Redel
Director, Professional Development CBA