Kim Hart

Assistant Teaching Professor Emeritus

Kim Hart Wensley

Kim Hart

Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

It was a great pleasure to earn my LL.B from UVic Law. I was admitted to the Faculty in 1990 in the ‘mature student’ category at the age of 33. Immediately following graduation I served as a law clerk to the Justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court and then spent a number of years in private practice in Victoria, primarily in the areas of family law and estate litigation. I returned to the Faculty of Law as an instructor in 1998 and was appointed an Assistant Teaching Professor in 2000. For the next 5 years I taught Legal Research and Writing, Family Law, Civil Procedure, and Children and the Law.  During that time I was also the Southern Director of the Akitsiraq Law Program, a revolutionary law program for Inuit students delivered in Iqaluit, Nunavut. I served as Associate Dean, Academic and Student Relations at the Faculty of Law from 2005 to 2009 and then moved to UVic’s central administration building to join the university’s 14-member senior administration team.

I served as Associate Vice-President, Faculty Relations and Academic Administration within the Provost’s Office from 2009 until my retirement from the university in 2014. I was responsible for all faculty relations matters, including acting as Chief Spokesperson for the University in negotiation of the faculty collective contract and the support and training of Deans and Chairs with regard to the interpretation and application of that contract and related policies. I was also in-house legal counsel on matters arising from the academic program.

  • BA – Trent (1983)
  • LLB – UVic  (1993)
  • Shared Custody - Section 9 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines: Formulaic? Pure Discretion? Structured Discretion? (2004) 23 C.F.L.Q. 62 - published from a paper originally prepared for The Federation of Law Societies and the Canadian Bar Association 2004 National Family Law Program (July 2004) LaMalbaie, Quebec.
    (This article analyses the Leonelli-Contino decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. The SCC heard the appeal on January 14, 2005.  See Lawyers Weekly, February 4, 2005, "SCC Tackles Child Support in s.9 Custody Cases".)
  • Support Obligations After Death - Mud in the Water.  A paper prepared for conference materials - The Federation of Law Societies and the Canadaian Bar Association 2002 National Family Law Program, Kelowna, BC.
  • Questioning Traditional Pedagogy in the Face of Student Diversity: Sound reasons for weaving the Web into legal education. The Scrivener, Spring 2002.
  • Shared Custody under Section 9 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines. Course materials for CLE, 1998.