Faculty & Staff

The Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba has a longstanding reputation for teaching and research excellence. Our students take advantage of many opportunities for individual and group-based academic study as well as experiential learning, conferences, and other academic projects.

Faculty members at Robson Hall engage in scholarly work on the cutting edge of legal issues relevant to our local, national, and international communities. Our research is used by lawyers, courts, legislative bodies and policy-makers across the country, and is published in leading journals and books by renowned presses.

Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch
Dean;
Professor

204.474.9282

Teaching & Research Areas:

Art of the Deal; Advising Startup Ventures; Startup Ventures Internship; Business Law Clinical; International Business Law; Private Enterprise and the Law; Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law; Human Rights Law; Legal Education

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Dr. Bruce Curran
Associate Dean, J.D. Program;
Assistant Professor

204.474.6133

Teaching & Research Areas:

Contracts; Trusts; Negotiation; Dispute Resolution (including mediation and arbitration); Civil Procedure; Employment Law; Human Rights; Empirical Legal Research; Labour Law

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Dr. Donn Short
Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies;
Professor

204.474.9776

Teaching & Research Areas:

Human Rights Law; Trusts, Property; Scholarly Publications; Educational Law; Safe School Legislation and Policies; Legal Pluralism; Youth Culture; Legal  Construction of  Children and Youth; Law and Religion; Legal History

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Karen Busby
Professor;
Director, Centre for Human Rights Research

204.474.6155

Teaching & Research Areas:

Violence Against Women; Sexual and Reproductive Rights; Queer Issues; Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Right to Water

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Lisa Fainstein
Senior Instructor

204.474.9949

Teaching & Research Areas:

Legal Methods; Property Law; Family Law; Advanced Family Law

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Dr. Michelle Gallant
Professor

204.474.6143

Teaching and Research Areas:

Taxation; Philanthropy and Law; International Law; Dispute Resolution; Money Laundering; Terrorist Finance

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Dale Gibson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

780.454.5081

Teaching & Research Areas:

Dale Gibson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and his scholarly work caused him to be designated “Distinguished Professor” and “Distinguished Professor Emeritus” by the University of Manitoba.

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Brenda Gunn
Associate Professor

204.272.1667

Teaching and Research Areas:

Advocating for the Rights of Indigenous People in International Law; Constitutional Law; International Law; Metis People and Canadian Law

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Cameron Harvey
Professor Emeritus

204.474.6115

Teaching and Research Areas:

Agency; Commercial Law; Private International Law

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Dr. Gerald Heckman
Associate Professor

204.474.6139

Teaching and Research Areas:

Public law, including:

Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Advanced Public Law; Labour Law; Human Rights Law; International Human Rights Law; Refugee Law; Francais Juridique

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David Ireland
Assistant Professor

204.474.6147

Teaching and Research Areas:

Evidence; Criminal Law and Procedure; Preventing Wrongful Convictions Clinic; Effects of social class on justice systems; Plea-bargaining and sentence quantum; Social consequences of guilty plea justice; Canadian jury trial system

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John Irvine
Professor

204.474.6150

Teaching and Research Areas:

Torts; Jurisprudence; Real Property; Personal Property

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Dr. Richard Jochelson
Associate Professor

204.474.6158

Teaching and Research Areas:

Criminal Law and Procedure; Sexual Expression, Conduct and Work in Canada; Charter Issues in Criminal Law; Socio-legal governance of harm and precaution; Policing and police power; Surveillance and security in legal decision-making; Jury law, disability and the criminal law; Empirical analyses of legal decision makers

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Dr. Amar Khoday
Associate Professor

204.474.6129

Teaching and Research Areas:

Criminal Law and Procedure; Administrative Law; Law and Resistance; International Criminal Justice; Law and Popular Culture; Undercover Interrogations; Refugee, Immigration and Citizenship Law and Policy; Human Rights Law and Discourse

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Darcy MacPherson
Professor

204.474.6136

Teaching and Research Areas:

Contracts; Court of Appeal Clerkship; Court of Queen’s Bench Clerkship; Commercial Law – Secured Transactions; Corporate/Securities Law Moot; Taxation Law and Policy; Disability rights; Corporate criminal liability; Corporate law; Administrative law; Agency and Partnerships; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Criminal Law and Procedure

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Krish Maharaj
Assistant Professor

204.474.9030

Teaching and Research Areas:

Contracts; Trusts; Equity; Civil remedies and damages; Good faith in contractual relations

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Adriane Porcin
Assistant Professor

204.474.8295

Teaching and Research Areas:

Copyright; Torts; Corp I; Trusts; Intellectual Property; Competition law; Governance

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Dr. Jennifer L. Schulz
Associate Professor

204.474.7958

Teaching and Research Areas:

Mediation; Dispute Resolution Theory; Women Mediators; Negotiation; Law, Culture & the Humanities; Law & Popular Culture; Topics in Dispute Resolution; Torts and Compensation Systems

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Dr. Bryan Schwartz
Professor;
Chair, Asper Chair of International Business and Trade Law

204.474.6142

Teaching and Research Areas:

Constitutional Law; Charter of Rights; International Law; Legislative Process; Labour-Management Relations; Internet & E-Commerce Law

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Dr. Mary Shariff
Associate Professor

204.474.6135

Teaching and Research Areas:

Aging and the law; Bioethics; Biogerontology; Biotechnology; Construction law; Contract law; Environment, Natural Resources and Animal law; International trade and business law; Legal Pedagogy; Legal Research and Theory; Legal Strategies

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Dr. Virginia Torrie
Assistant Professor

204.474.6138

Teaching and Research Areas:

Bankruptcy and Insolvency; Corporate/Commercial Law; Canadian Legal History; Socio-Legal Studies; Historical Institutionalism; Corporations I; Legal Methods

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Dr. Lorna Turnbull
Professor

204.474.6148

Teaching and Research Areas:

Taxation Law & Policy; PILC; Legal Methods; Legal System

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Wendy Whitecloud
Instructor (On Sabbatical)

204.474.6448

Teaching and Research Areas:

Aboriginal Peoples and the Law; Aboriginal Peoples and Land Claims; Property; Legal Help Centre Internship; Legal Methods

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Practicing Professionals
Bayes, Richmond J. LAW3390 Securities Law
Brown, Natasha LAW1540 Legal Methods  |  LAW2640 Family Law
Dawson, Robert LAW3024 LPPR
Dillon, Jessica
LAW2650 Intro to Advocacy
Dyck, Karen
LAW3360 Advanced Legal Research
Evans, Greg
LAW3250 Clinical Family Law
Fast, Heather
LAW3600 Environmental Law
Frost, Carolyn
LAW3770 Labour-Management Relations
Gange, William
LAW2672 Civil Procedure
Gindin, Jeffrey
LAW3828 Preventing Wrongful Convictions
Gisser, David T.
LAW3020 Clinical Admin Law
Harris, Bailey
LAW1540 Legal Methods
Harris, Laurelle
LAW2640 Family Law
Harvey, Cam
LAW3050 Commercial Law  |  Private Int. Law
Hiebert, Nichole
LAW2680 Negotiation
Hirsch, Jeff
LAW3980 Access to Justice
Inness, Sarah
LAW2650 Intro to Advocacy
Jason, Michael
LAW3026 Trademarks & Patents
Kavanagh, Anthony
LAW3980 (T35) Sentencing
Kendall, Jason
LAW1540 Legal Methods
Killeen, Tim
LAW3340 Advanced Advocacy
Kliewer, Judy
LAW3340 Advanced Advocacy
Laspina, Catherine
LAW3022 Insurance
Lavitt, Frank
LAW3510 Corporate Tax
Masi, Nunziata
LAW2640 Family Law
McCandless, Elizabeth
LAW3360 Advanced Legal Research
McLandress, James E.
LAW3330 Employment Law
Murray, Melinda LAW3980 Français Juridique
Onchulenko, Wayne
LAW1490 Torts
Palamar, Jeff
LAW3330 Employment Law
Pustogorodsky, Sergio
LAW3520 Taxation of Trusts & Estates
Renaud, Matthew
LAW1540 Legal Methods (Coordinator)
Scaletta, Dean
LAW2680 Negotiation (Coordinator)
Serbin, Melissa
LAW3250 Intensive Crim
Silver, David
LAW1540 Legal Methods
Soldier, Stacey
LAW3980 Aboriginal Law – Criminal Justice & Family
Steinfeld, Dayna
LAW3940 Canadian Charter
Torbiak, Daniel, CA
LAW3510 Corporate Tax
Toyne, Kevin
LAW2670 Civil Procedure
Tran, Chau
LAW3250 Clinical Family Law
Troup, Lynda
LAW3450 Remedies
Tyler, Robert
LAW3690 Real Estate
Walker, Michael
Clinical Crim/LAW3832 Legal Aid
Ward, Peter
LAW2680 Negotiations
Wiebe, K. Eleanor
LAW2400 Wills & Succession
Wyant, Raymond
LAW3024 LPPR  |  Law2650 Intro to Advocacy
Yaffe, Richard L.
LAW2680 Negotiation
Staff
Brown, Natasha Director of Professional Practice & Externships 204.474.7040
Chen, Ying Financial Officer 204.474.7626
Feir, Larissa Assistant to the Financial Officer/Textbook Coordinator/Israel & International Law Program Assistant 204.474.6717
Griffin, Lisa Career Development Coordinator 204.474.7932
Illsley, Debra Reception / Office Assistant (on leave until July 2019) 204.474.6801
Jivan, Marie Admissions / Financial Aid Coordinator 204.480.1485
Kort, Marcia Office Manager / Executive Assistant to the Dean 204.474.6132
Mazur, Christine Communications Office 204.480.1452
Muller, Rosa Academic Program Assistant 204.474.6134
Robert, Chenise Office Assistant / Prizes and Awards / Account Reconciliation 204.474.9774
Tapatai, Jessica
Office Assistant 204.480.1087
Tepper, Maria
 Assistant to Associate Dean (Research and Grad Studies) 204.474.9775
Library
Green, Zoe Library Assistant 204.474.6712
Renaud, Matthew Liaison Librarian 204.474.6371
Shirley, Stefany Library Assistant 204.474.9995
Sikorsky, Donna Acting Head 204.474.6372
Stojanovic-Lewis, Diana Library Assistant  204.474.7985
Retired Faculty
Anderson, Trevor Retired 204.474.6146
Braid, Arthur E., C.M., Q.C. Senior Scholar 204.474.6154
David Deutscher Senior Scholar 204.474.6141
Esau, Alvin Retired 204.474.6148
Guth, DeLloyd, J. Retired 204.474.6149
Osborne, Phil Senior Scholar 204.474.6151