The University of Ottawa Law Faculty provided a warm welcome to recently appointed Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) Justice Russell Brown, at a ceremony on campus. Held in the Gowlings Moot Court, the ceremony was well-attended by students and faculty alike.
Common Law Section Dean Nathalie Des Rosiers opened the proceedings, noting that the tradition of welcoming new SCC justices to the Ottawa legal community goes back a long time, and that we have had the opportunity to welcome each of the sitting justices.
SCC Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin then introduced Justice Brown. Before being appointed to the SCC in August 2015, Justice Brown served on the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, as well as the Court of Appeal of Alberta. As a Court of Appeal judge sitting in Edmonton, Justice Brown also served the appeals courts of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Before his appointment to the courts, Justice Brown taught at the University of Alberta from 2004 to 2013. Justice Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria, as well as Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees from the University of Toronto.
McLachlin thanked the University of Ottawa for welcoming Justice Brown to the Ottawa legal community, and noted that the SCC “values its close relationship with the Faculty.”
Justice Brown then delivered remarks, looking back at his time as a law professor, and urging students to take the responsibilities that come with a legal career seriously while enjoying the opportunities that arise.
Justice Brown praised the uOttawa Law Faculty’s strengths in human rights law and pro-bono programs, as well as emerging fields like health and technology law. He noted that uOttawa “occupies a special place in Canada’s legal community as the embodiment of our bilingual and bi-juridical system.”
Civil Law Section Dean Céline Lévesque concluded the ceremony and thanked the Justices for continuing the special relationship between uOttawa’s Law Faculty and the SCC.
The ceremony was followed by a reception, where students and faculty members had the opportunity to network with the Justices.