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Western appoints Chamberlain dean of law

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 11:29 AM | By Elisa Birnbaum


Erika Chamberlain has been named the new dean of Western University’s Faculty of Law, beginning May 1, 2017.

Chamberlain ­joined Western’s law school in 2005 and ­has been associate dean (academic) for the past five years. She led development of the faculty’s strategic plan; led planning and implementation of curriculum reform; and played an important role in budget planning, developing interdisciplinary programs, accreditations and faculty appointments.

She has also served on many internal and external committees, including the Ontario Universities Council's quality control council. Chamberlain is a three-time recipient of the Teaching Honour Roll and has twice received the J. McLeod Professor of the Year Award from the Student Legal Society. Her work on tort law has been adopted nationally as a textbook and she is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the tort of misfeasance in public office. Her work in impaired driving law has been cited by provincial courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Chamberlain was a national scholar at Western in 1996 and graduated with a law degree as Gold Medallist from Western Law in 2001. She clerked on the Supreme Court in 2002 and joined Western as assistant professor in 2005. She earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009.