Active member with the Law Society of Alberta
Shaun joined the Faculty of Law in 2007. His legal career started with Parlee McLaws LLP in 1995. He has experience providing legal services in the areas of corporate/commercial, securities, environmental, and administrative law. Shaun has appeared as counsel before all levels of Alberta courts. Shaun was a visiting scholar in residence at the University of Waikato in New Zealand for 6 months during 2014. Shaun is married to Samantha and they have three children. When he is not at the law school, Shaun enjoys skiing and climbing in the mountains west of Calgary with family and friends.
Shaun is also serving as the Executive Director of the Faculty's Public Interest Law Clinic which provides legal services to clients pursuing law reform and litigation strategies in public law and policy. Clients of the Clinic have included individuals, community associations, and public interest groups in a wide range of disputes involving matters such as residential tenancies, animal welfare, resource development, endangered species protection, and environmental impact assessment.
Law 403: Legislation
Law 503: Administrative Law
Law 634: Species & Spaces
Law 693: Public Interest Theory
Law 696: Public Interest Clinical
Subjects instructed include administrative law, legal theory, statutory interpretation and drafting, environmental law and ethics, endangered species law, and the relationship between law and public policy.
Shaun's research work generally falls within the following four subjects: (1) access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection; (2) the implementation of environmental norms in law; (3) the regulation of environmental markets; (4) selected issues in administrative law. Work in progress includes an investigation into how the ERCB/AER exercises its discretion to grant cost awards, an investigation into how Canadian courts administer leave to appeal provisions concerning statutory decisions, and exploring the use of wilderness rhetoric in legal reasoning.