The ILS Fireside Chat series is a monthly late afternoon event held in the Terrace Lounge. It is hosted by Indigenous Legal Studies and provides students the opportunity to hear from experienced counsel working with or for Indigenous clients. Our guests share their personal journey of why they chose to attend law school, how their experiences studying and articling shaped their choices, and where their career has led them. The fire is lit, the atmosphere is informal. Light refreshments are provided. This series is open to all students interested in Indigenous issues and practicing aboriginal law.
Speaker: Professor Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, Q.C., LL.B (London); LL.M (Yale) has been involved in the teaching and advocacy of human rights over the past 48 years, specializing in the areas of prisoners' rights and aboriginal rights. As a professor at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law, he introduced the first courses on these subjects in a Canadian law school; as a lawyer he has represented prisoners and First Nations in leading cases before the Supreme Court of Canada including Delgamuukw and Haida Nation; as a representative of the Canadian Bar Association he has presented submissions on reforms to the criminal justice system to committees of both the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate. In 1993, he was awarded the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research. In 1999 he was appointed Queen's Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia. In 2009 he was the first recipient of the Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award. His publications include Prisoners of Isolation: Solitary Confinement in Canada (1983) and Justice behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons (2002) both of which are accessible online at www.justicebehindthewalls.net.