2 May 2018

For the ninth consecutive year, Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers will reward people who influence the laws, justice system, and legal profession in Canada and abroad today. Members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s community have been nominated in four of the five categories.

2006 Foundation fellow John Borrows has been nominated in the Changemaker category. He is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Victoria. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Indigenous Legal Traditions and Aboriginal Rights.

2012 Foundation scholar Lisa Kerr has been nominated in the Human Rights, Advocacy, and Criminal category. An assistant professor at Queen’s Law, her scholarship specializes in the law of punishment, which spans sentencing, human rights, constitutional, administrative and prison law.

2012 Foundation scholar Michael Pal has been nominated in the Young Influencer category. An assistant professor in the Faculty of common law at the University of Ottawa, Mike specializes in the law of democracy, election law, constitutional law, and administrative law.

2016 Foundation fellow Poonam Puri has been nominated in the Corporate and Commercial category. Appointed to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997, Poonam is a full professor of law who specializes in corporate law, securities law and corporate governance.

Vote for John, Lisa, Mike, and Poonam here before 22 May 2018! The winners will be announced in the magazine’s August 2018 issue.

Lisa Kerr

She is rethinking current approaches to incarceration and justice, focusing on the quality of a prison sentence rather than on the length of time served.

2012 Scholars

Michael Pal

Michael is Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Ottawa.

2012 Scholars

Poonam Puri

Building on her expertise in corporate governance, Professor Poonam Puri’s research will develop pragmatic policy and suggest legal solutions to hold multinational corporations more accountable when they harm individuals or communities.

2016 Fellows