David Sandomierski

David Sandomierski

Academic Degrees:

B.A.Sc. (Hon.) (McMaster), M.A. (Toronto), B.C.L. (McGill), LL.B. (McGill), S.J.D. (Toronto)

Email: david.sandomierski@uwo.ca
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 81445
Office: LB 115

David Sandomierski joined Western Law in 2018. He strives to enhance the capacity of legal education to cultivate versatile professionals and critical, engaged citizens. In pursuit of this mission, David integrates diverse scholarly interests in Contracts, comparative legal thought, legal history, and the empirical study of legal education and the legal profession.

David earned his SJD from the University of Toronto, where his doctoral dissertation received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. David has also received the Peter Oliver Prize from the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

David studied common and civil law at McGill University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal. In 2008-09, David served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009.

David is a former Vanier Scholar, Loran Scholar, and Parliamentary Intern. In 2017-18 he was a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School. At Western Law, he directs the Faculty’s Legal Education Seminar Series.

Seeking graduate students in the following areas: Scholarship of Legal Education and the Legal Profession; Legal History; Legal Thought.

Research Highlights


American Legal Education Abroad: Critical Histories (NYU Press, 2021) (edited collection with Susan Bartie)  

Aspiration and Reality in Legal Education (University of Toronto Press, 2020)

Special Issue

Law and Learning in a Time of Pandemic – A Collage // Collage sur le droit et le savoir au temps de la pandémie (2020) 25 Lex Electronica (edited collection with Shauna Van Praagh)


"Catalytic Agents? Lon Fuller, James Milner, and the Lawyer as Social Architect, 1950-1969" (2021) 71 University of Toronto Law Journal 91

“Tension and Reconciliation in Canadian Contract Law Casebooks” (2017) 54:4 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 1181 [2018 Peter Oliver Prize, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History]

“Legal Inquiry: A Liberal Arts Experiment in Demystifying Law” (2014) 29:3 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 311 [2017 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, Canadian Association of Law Teachers]

“Training Lawyers, Cultivating Citizens, and Re-Enchanting the Legal Professional” (2014) 51:4 Alberta Law Review 739

“Against Nomopolies” (2006) 57:4 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 610 (with Roderick A Macdonald)

Chapters in Edited Collections

“Theory and Practice, Together At Last: A Heretical, Empirical Account of Canadian Legal Education” in Meera Deo, Mindie Lazarus-Black & Elizabeth Mertz, eds, Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures (London: Routledge) 1 [Honourable Mention, 2017 Roderick A Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize, Canadian Law and Society Association]

“Pursuing Virtue: Human Potential, Citizenship, and a Research Agenda for Legal Education” in Richard Janda, Rosalie Jukier & Daniel Jutras, eds, The Unbounded Level of the Mind: Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s, 2015) 206


“Law and Living”, Book Review of Connecting the Dots: The Life of an Academic Lawyer by Harry W Arthurs (2021) 58:2 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 467

“From Law Grad to Better Citizen” Policy Options (2015) Jan-Feb: 51-2

“Beside the Supreme Court Bench” The Advocates’ Journal (2010) Summer: 19-20, reprinted in Stephen Grant, ed, Advocates and Advocacy: The Best of the Advocates’ Journal, 2005-2018 (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018)