Western Law welcomes new professors

Western Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Glover and Jacob Shelley as assistant professors at the Faculty of Law beginning July 1, 2015.

“We’re delighted to have young scholars such as Kate and Jacob join our faculty,” says Dean Iain Scott. “Their rich academic backgrounds will enhance our commitment to the student experience and academic excellence at the school.”

Kate GloverGlover’s research interests include public law, procedure, legal institutions and legal theory and methods. Her scholarship has been driven by questions about constitutional law and change, legal pluralism, institutional design, comparative law, and legal education.

Glover, who will be teaching administrative law this coming year, has published in the McGill Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Alberta Law Review, the Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke and the Constitutional Forum.

The recipient of numerous academic awards, most recently Glover was named a Vanier Scholar, an O’Brien Fellow in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the McGill University's Ian Pilarczyk Teaching Fellow and an inductee into Dalhousie Law School's Bertha Wilson Honour Society. 

She holds an LL.M. (University of Cambridge), LL.B. (Dalhousie), B.A. in Philosophy (McGill) and is currently completing her doctorate at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Her doctoral dissertation, “The Stories We Tell: The Supreme Court of Canada in a Pluralistic World”, examines the present and future significance of legal insitituions in an age of pluralism and diversity. 

Glover served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada (2009-2010) and practiced civil and public law litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, with an emphasis on  administrative and regulatory settings. In 2013, she was counsel for the amicus curiae in the Senate Reform Reference before the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Jacob ShelleyJacob Shelley has been jointly hired as an assistant professor with the Faculty of Law and the School of Health Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Shelley, who will teach Healthcare Law and Policy, also holds a cross appointment to the Schulich Interfaculty Masters Program in Public Health.

His primary area of interest is the proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease. In addition, he is generally interested in issues that arise at the interface of law, health science, and ethics.

Shelley is completing his doctorate (SJD) at the University of Toronto, where he was a Vanier Fellow with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His doctoral thesis examines the use of private law in obesity prevention. He also holds an LL.M. and LL.B. (Alberta), B.A. in Religious Studies (Waterloo) and a Master of Theological Studies (Conrad Grebel University College). 

His other scholarships include: CIHR Health Law, Policy & Ethics Doctoral Award (2010-2014), and the Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellowship – Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Shelley sits on the Advisory Committee on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and is part of the Expert Advisory Committee, Canadian Children’s Food Environment and Policy Report Card at the University of Alberta.