July 4, 2017

UCalgary Law welcomes five new faculty members

UCalgary Law is excited to welcome five new faculty members, to teach and perform research across a variety of areas of the law.

Howard (Howie) Kislowicz was an assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Law from 2013 to 2017, where he taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Multiculturalism and the Law. He completed his common law and civil law degrees at McGill University, and went on to serve as clerk to Justice Gilles Létourneau at the Federal Court of Appeal. After some time in private practice at a national firm in Toronto, he received his LLM and SJD at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alan Marks Medal for best thesis in the University of Toronto's graduate law program, the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award.

Lorian Hardcastle joins UCalgary Law from the University of Ottawa, where she was an assistant professor and the associate director of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. Lorian obtained her J.D. with Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate from Dalhousie University, and her LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Toronto. Lorian also completed a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to commencing graduate students, Lorian worked in a hospital legal department, for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and in a national law firm's health law group.

Kristen van de Biezenbos is cross-appointed with the Haskayne School of Business. Before coming to UCalgary, she taught energy law and related courses at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law. She received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2010 and interned for the honorable Judge Lance Africk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She subsequently had a mixed transactional and litigation practice in New Orleans, focused on offshore energy services, maritime law, and international arbitration. From 2013 to 2015, she was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Robert Hamilton holds a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from St. Thomas University, a JD from University of New Brunswick Law School, and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. Robert is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. His dissertation focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada's Maritime Provinces and his research engages law, legal history, and theoretical perspectives on law and history. He has published on Aboriginal land rights in the Maritime Provinces and has presented his research at numerous academic conferences. Robert has also worked with First Nations on treaty rights and Aboriginal title issues and in the development of governance policies.

Deanne Sowter joins the law school following several years as a family law practitioner with a focus on negotiated settlements. Deanne is also a Research Fellow with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School, and she was the 2015/16 Ontario Bar Association Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Studies. Deanne holds a BFA from York University, an MFA from the American Film Institute (Producing), and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. Following law school, Deanne articled at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto before she began specializing in family law.