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Ryerson Faculty of Law adds two associate deans

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:18 PM | By John Chunn


As Ryerson prepares for the inaugural year of its Faculty of Law in September, the Toronto university announced the hiring of two new appointees, Tanya (Toni) De Mello and Sari Graben.

According to Ryerson’s press release, on June 1, De Mello will assume her role as assistant dean, student programming, development and equity. De Mello has worked for more than 20 years in the postsecondary sector in governance, student affairs and admissions, and for the last 10 years, in human rights. She currently serves as the director of human rights at Ryerson, in the office of the vice-president, equity and community inclusion.  

De Mello is a human rights lawyer, a member of the Ontario bar, and is completing a PhD at the University of Toronto, focusing on access to the legal sector in Toronto and examining recruitment and interview processes. She is considered an expert on equity and inclusion in Canada.

Effective July 1, Graben will assume her role as associate professor within the faculty and interim associate dean for academic, research and graduate studies. 

Graben is currently associate professor in the department of law and business in the Ted Rogers School of Management, on leave as a visiting scholar at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University and the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University (2020). Her teaching and research focuses on Indigenous peoples and development, with a special focus on regulatory institutions, emergent property systems and risk. She is the co-editor of the upcoming book, Creating Indigenous Property: Power Rights, and Relationships (2020) and publishes widely in law journals.  

Graben currently holds three research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for projects pertaining to property and regulation. She has served as an executive member of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association as well as a member of the board of directors of Interval House (Kingston).