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Lisa Kelly

  • Scholar 2010
  • Alumni
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S.J.D. Law
Harvard University

    Lisa Kelly is in the final stages of completing the Doctor of Juridical Science program  (S.J.D.) at Harvard Law School.  In addition to holding a Trudeau Scholarship, Lisa was a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School.  Her doctoral dissertation – Governing the Child: Parental Authority, State Power and the School in North America – analyzes legal struggles from the mid-nineteenth century to present over race, corporal punishment and the disciplinary reach of school authorities.  Lisa has published in the areas of family law and reproductive justice, including a forthcoming chapter, “Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation,” in Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies (R. Cook, J. Erdman & B. Dickens, eds., U. Penn, 2014).  She holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of British Columbia.  After law school, Lisa articled with the Department of Justice in Ottawa and later served as a Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.  Lisa has recently been awarded a 2014-2016 postgraduate Fellowship with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School in New York City.  

    Experience as a Trudeau Scholar

    As a Trudeau scholar, I have benefited enormously from engaging with other members of the Trudeau community.  The opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insights from fellow Scholars, Mentors and Fellows distinguishes the Trudeau Foundation from other scholarship programs.  Organizing an interdisciplinary workshop on criminal law and social movements with fellow scholar Lisa Kerr, for example, allowed me to critically analyze contemporary turns to criminal law in the areas of mental health, trafficking, prostitution, and HIV/AIDS.  Such events enable crucial learning among advocates, scholars, practitioners and judges.  The Trudeau Scholarship has also allowed me to present my work at conferences in North America, Asia, and Europe, and in so doing to learn from other scholars and advocates working on related questions.  These comparative encounters formatively shaped my doctoral work and my future research agenda.  An education conference that I attended in Taiwan early in my doctorate inspired me to delve further into questions of state power and parental authority in children’s public schooling in North America.  Finally, as a scholar studying outside Canada, the Trudeau Community has afforded me unique opportunities to remain engaged with political and legal struggles in Canada.  Because the Trudeau Foundation holds its bilingual events and meetings throughout Canada, I have been able to visit and learn about regions that I had not yet explored.  Through my Trudeau Scholarship I have gained a deeper understanding of Canada – its political history, contemporary challenges, and cultural and linguistic heterogeneity.