For Immediate Release
Aug 24, 2010
OTTAWA – Ecojustice and the University of Ottawa are announcing the promotion of Staff Lawyer Will Amos to the role of Director of the uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic.
Will takes over from departing Director Linda McCaffrey and will oversee the expansion of the successful partnership between Ecojustice and the University of Ottawa. Ecojustice’s growing presence in Ottawa
Will Amos: Prior to joining the Clinic in 2007, Will practiced with the federal government and with a large Montreal law firm. He is called to the bar in both Quebec and Ontario, and is fluently bilingual. He is a part-time professor at the uOttawa Faculty of Common Law.
Lynda Collins rejoins Ecojustice as a staff lawyer with expertise in toxic tort law, mining law and environmental rights. She will maintain her role as an Assistant Professor at the uOttawa Faculty of Common Law.
Stephen Hazell, the former Sierra Club Executive Director and veteran environmental lawyer, is associate counsel with Ecojustice’s Ottawa team and will lead its federal law reform efforts on Parliament Hill.
David Morrow, formerly senior counsel with the intellectual property firm of Smart & Biggar, has joined the Clinic as a volunteer staff lawyer. He brings depth and experience to our litigation efforts.
Linda McCaffrey, the Clinic’s former Director will continue to work on a pro bono basis as a volunteer senior litigation counsel.
“The uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic is a bilingual force that will lead on Canada’s most pressing environmental law challenges,” said Will Amos. “We’re fighting to entrench environmental rights, and we’re taking on strategic litigation at municipal, provincial and federal levels. Our goal is to strengthen environmental law for the benefit of every Canadian.”
The uOttawa-Ecojustice Clinic was created in 2007 as a joint partnership between the University of Ottawa and Ecojustice. As Ecojustice’s presence in Ottawa, the Clinic takes a leading role in
legal cases that affect residents of Quebec and Ontario, as well as cases that impact Canadians across the country. By partnering with the University of Ottawa, Ecojustice is fully integrated with the Faculty of Law to provide students with hands-on experience and training in public interest environmental litigation in both official languages.
“The growth of the Clinic is testament to the success Ecojustice’s partnership with the University of Ottawa and the expanding need for environmental leadership in Canada’s capital,” said Amos, “Environmental awareness is growing while governments are falling further behind the times. That’s where Ecojustice steps in, from the Supreme Court to Parliament Hill.”