M Jerry McHale, QC
Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy
|M Jerry McHale, QC
|Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy
Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Commencing July 1, 2011, I was jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Administration as the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy. For 10 years prior to this appointment, I was Assistant Deputy Minister with the Justice Services Branch of the BC Ministry of Justice responsible for civil, family and criminal law policy and legislation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, legal aid, and family law programs. In addition to holding other government positions, including Director of the Dispute Resolution Office, I have worked in the private sector as a litigator and mediator.
I received the Canadian Bar Association (National) John Tait Award for Excellence in Public Sector Law in 2000, a Queen's Council designation in 2001, the Canadian Bar Association (B.C.) Georges A. Goyer QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in 2009, the Victoria Bar Association's Contribution to the Law Award in 2009 and the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation in 2014.
I have spoken at more than 200 conferences, professional gatherings and educational programs since 1986 on topics related to my areas of interest: mediation and dispute resolution, access to justice and justice reform, child welfare and family law, procedural law, policy development and the legislative process.
I am on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and I am actively engaged as a member of the Steering Committees of both the national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters and Access to Justice BC. In 2016 I worked with colleagues on the Faculty of Law to launch the University of Victoria, Access to Justice Centre for Excellence. The Centre pursues applied research and practical scholarship on access to justice issues.
- BA – University of Saskatchewan (1971)
- MSW – University of Toronto (1976)
- LLB – University of Alberta (1979)