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Angelique EagleWoman appointed

Angelique EagleWoman appointed Dean of Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law



Lakehead University’s second Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Lawwill be Angelique EagleWoman.

EagleWoman is coming to Lakehead from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she is a law professor and a legal scholar. She has also served as a Tribal Judge in four Tribal Court systems.

As a practicing attorney, one of the highlights of her career was serving as General Counsel for her own Tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in Dakota.

Lakehead Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson said she is excited to welcome Lakehead’s newest Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

“Angelique was at the top of our list and we are thrilled she’s coming to Lakehead.  Her diverse experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to our students in the Faculty of Law and to Ontario when those students begin practicing law. She is an exceptional teacher, engaged
in her scholarship, and has kept one foot in the practical aspects of her field,” Dr. McPherson said.

EagleWoman graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science, received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law with distinction, and her LLM in American Indian and Indigenous Law with honors from the University of Tulsa College of

As a law professor, she has taught in the areas of Native American Law, Tribal Nation Economics & Law, Native American Natural Resources Law, and Civil Procedure. EagleWoman presents and publishes on topics involving tribal economics, sovereignty, international Indigenous principles, and the quality of life for Indigenous peoples.

“This position is a dream come true for me because of the Faculty of Law’s commitment to produce lawyers for rural and small town legal practice, the focus on natural resources and environmental law, and the required curriculum on aspects of Aboriginal and Indigenous law,”
EagleWoman said.

“With my background, I feel especially suited to be at the helm of the law school as it moves from the start-up phase to taking its place among the other distinguished law schools in Ontario and nationally,”
she said.

Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson said he is proud that someone with such exceptional breadth and depth of experience will lead Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.  “I am extremely confident that our Faculty of Law’s future is in the right hands, and I welcome her and her family to our University and to Thunder Bay.”

EagleWoman will begin her role as Dean of Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in May 2016.

Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is Canada’s newest law school, having opened its doors in September 2013. In June 2016, the University will graduate its first ever cohort of law students.

Angelique EagleWoman
“ I am so impressed with Lakehead University and what it stands for. I believe law schools are for law students and one of the things which drew me here were

* the focus on small town practice and the difference a lawyer can make in a small town,
  * the mandate for  natural resources and environmental law and I believe strongly in stewarding  and utilizing natural resources in the best way possible and*  the commitment to aboriginal law- This law school is a trend setter and others will follow.”
“ The first challenge is this is the newest law school in Canada and doesn’t have an alumni base so we need to get firms and placements for our students.”
“ I think Thunder  Bay is beautiful and I love looking out from the law school and seeing Lake Superior, seeing the Sleeping Giant right there. As native people we often look at natural landmarks and I look forward to being in the town that the Sleeping Giant protects.”
“ For me this appointment means a dream has come true and I also feel strongly about being a role model. I hope people will look at the law school as a possibility. This law school is the first in the world to require law students to have aboriginal law in their training.”

Minister Zimmer
“ For Ontarians and the First nations community this is a milestone. Angelique EagleWoman is arriving at a time in Ontario and Canada when the issues of indigenous people are at the forefront of our minds, the media and aboriginal communities. We are at a tipping point in our
relationships with Aboriginal peoples. A fair society needs a sound legal system responsive to their needs.”

Brian Stevenson
“ Dean Eagle Woman will take the Bora Laskin Faculty to the next level. The strength of a strong academic experience with natural resource law, aboriginal law and sole practioneer will give our students a fundamental education. “
“ It is especially important with the charter class graduating for the first time when 58 students will graduate. For us at Lakehead University we are building a legal literacy in the North and we serve the whole North from North Bay to Kenora.”

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