Selwyn House Old Boy Nikolas De Stefano 2014 has been selected from among McGill Law students and recent graduates to serve as a law clerk to Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada, it was announced April 10.
“Law clerks research points of law, prepare memoranda to help judges prepare for hearings and writing decisions, and generally assist with the work of the Court,” explains the McGill Faculty of Law in its communique. “Law students, LLM candidates and recent graduates from across Canada apply for these prestigious positions. Over the last 10 years, one in five Supreme Court clerks has been a student or recent graduate of the [McGill] Faculty.”
“We’re proud to learn that again this year McGill-trained jurists have been chosen to clerk at our country’s highest court,” says McGill Law Dean Robert Leckey. “The consistently strong McGill Law representation at the Supreme Court of Canada is a testament to our integrated, bilingual program and to how rigorously it prepares future jurists to navigate complex legal issues with no single right answer. We wish these students great success in an exciting chapter of their professional lives.”
Justice Abella was appointed in 2004 to the Supreme Court of Canada, becoming the first Jewish woman to sit on the Canadian Supreme Court bench.