Who are we?
The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies team includes the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, Director, Steering Committee, and Student Coordinator.
Chair in Feminist Legal Studies
The Faculty's endowed Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, established in 1992, plays an integral role in reinforcing and strengthening feminist legal studies in the Faculty and helps foster and support scholarship and learning directed toward the ongoing process of social change in relation to the position of women in Canadian society.
Professor Susan B. Boyd was the first incumbent of the Chair, and was also Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies from 1997 until 2012. She retired in 2015 and continues to be involved in the Faculty and the CFLS as Professor Emerita.
The Centre welcomed Professor Debra Parkes as Chair in Feminist Legal Studies in July 2016. She is serving a term as Director of the CFLS which began in January 2017 and runs to June 2021.
The Director is responsible for the overall direction, budget, and operation of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and its activities. Although much of the day to day workload of operating the Centre is facilitated by the Student Coordinator and student volunteers, the Director actively supervises and provides direction to these students; organizes events; chairs monthly Steering Committee meetings; answers questions from students, faculty and the public; and hosts visiting scholars. The Director also reports on the Centre’s activities and promotes its interests alongside the Steering Committee.
The Centre welcomes Assistant Professor Régine Tremblay as the new Director of the Centre as of September 2021.
The current Director of the CFLS is Régine Tremblay (she/her). Régine Tremblay holds degrees in civil law and common law from McGill University (B.C.L. and LL.B.) and an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from the University of Toronto. Before beginning her doctoral research, Régine was Assistant Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and Lecturer in Canadian Family Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
The Centre provides an opportunity to interact with academics, lawyers, and community leaders who are making a difference on feminist issues. In her time in practice following law school, Professor Tremblay has undertaken basic training in family mediation with the Association de médiation familiale du Québec. Before beginning her doctoral research, Régine was Assistant Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and Lecturer in Canadian Family Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
The Steering Committee is comprised of the Director, Student Coordinator, Graduate Student Representative and three to four faculty members. It provides advice, support, and direction to the Directors and Student Coordinator in running the Centre.
Current Steering Committee Members:
Régine Tremblay (Director)
The Honourable Lynn Smith, OC, QC
Benae Tutelman (J.D. Rep.)
Haley Hrymak (Graduate Student Representative)
The Student Coordinator of the CFLS assists the Director in planning the weekly lectures and other events, publicizes CFLS activities via email and social media, organizes joint events with other student groups, and serves as a contact for visitors of the Centre. Additional duties include maintaining the Centre's space, coordinating the Centre's volunteers, and conducting occasional research for the Centre or the Director.
The current Student Coordinator is Benae Tutelman (she/her), who is in her third year at the Allard School of Law. Benae has been actively involved in the Allard Law community, serving as past co-president of the Allard Law Women's Caucus and volunteering with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program and Legal Education Outreach. Benae is very excited to be joining the CFLS team this year and looks forward to seeing you at upcoming events!