Professor Angela Swan, BCom, LLB (UBC), BCL (Oxford)
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Angela Swan, BCom, LLB (UBC), BCL (Oxford)
Professor Angela Swan is a lawyer and legal scholar. She is also a Governor and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. She earned a B.Com. from the University of British Columbia in 1962, LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 1963, and a B.C.L. from Oxford University in 1965. She was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1970.
Professor Swan has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and is legal counsel to the firm of Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto, as well as a member of the Corporate/Commercial Group and the Legal Education Department. She was previously a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and an associate at a national firm in Montreal.
Professor Swan’s legal practice focuses on supporting lawyers with respect to research and opinions. She is particularly experienced in contract law and statutory interpretation and consults with members of the firm on many legal issues, including corporate transactions and civil and commercial litigation. Angela stays involved with the firm’s practice groups in order to provide topical information on recent case law. She believes in a practical approach to resolving legal questions and in ongoing legal education. Professor Swan is a well-published author of a number of papers, reviews, books, case comments and annotations in regards to matters such as contract law, civil litigation and conflict of laws. She is frequently retained by other law firms as an expert witness in connection with matters pertaining to the law in Ontario.
Professor Swan’s book, Canadian Contract Law, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006, was awarded the Walter Owen Book Prize (2007). The Walter Owen Book Prize is awarded by the Foundation for Legal Research of the Canadian Bar Association to recognize excellent legal writing and to reward outstanding new contributions to Canadian legal literature that enhance the quality of legal research in Canada. Angela’s text is now in its second edition.
Professor Swan received the highest rating (AV) for legal ability as well as an extremely high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and she was named to the 2010 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for earning the highest level of professional skill and integrity in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Professor Swan’s professorial experience and teaching engagements include:
- Present: Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University: Graduate supervision of 11 completed LL.M. candidates
- 1996-2003: Visiting Professor and Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
- 1991-1995: Special Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
- 1984: Lansdowne Visiting Professor, University of Victoria
Professor Swan’s executive board experience and professional memberships include:
- Governor, Board of Governors, New Westminster College
- Member, Canadian Bar Association (International Law and Business Law Sections)
- Member, Ontario Bar Association (International Law and Business Law Sections)
- Member, International Bar Association
- Trustee, Board of Trustees, McGill Law Journal (past)
- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Contract Law (past)
As a Governor and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Professor Angela Swan is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of research and academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.
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