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Dodek tapped as new common law dean for University of Ottawa

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 12:16 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Starting in January 2018, the University of Ottawa's faculty of law will have its new dean in place to oversee its common law section.

Adam Dodek

Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa's faculty of law

Adam Dodek, who is a full professor with the faculty will take on the role for a five-and-a-half year term. Currently, François Larocque is serving as interim dean, and he will continue in those duties until Dec. 31, 2017.

Dodek was vice-dean of research between 2012 and 2014. He also founded and directed the Cavanagh Williams LLP Professionalism Speaker Series and co-founded the Public Law Group and the Legal Writing Academy.

He has received both the Capital Educators’ Award (in 2012) and the Law Society Medal (in 2015).

Dodek's areas of research include public law, the legal profession, the judiciary and legal ethics. He has authored or co-authored a number of books on topics including solicitor-client privilege, the Canadian Constitution, judicial independence, and public law and the Supreme Court. He is also one of the organizers of the Constitution 150 project, which is designed to increase awareness about the country's Constitution,

“I am certain that his track record of achievement will make him well suited to lead the faculty of law, common law section,” said Jacques Frémont, president and vice-chancellor of the university. .

“On behalf of the university community, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to professor Dodek, as well as my best wishes for success in his new position.”