Vanessa joined the Faculty joined the Faculty of Law at Canada's University of New Brunswick, as an Assistant Professor, in 2010. She's already has earned her faculty's Award for Teaching Excellence.
After graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2006, Vanessa articled at a Toronto law firm, then served as a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2009, she obtained her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where her studies focused on comparative constitutional law, criminal law and Aboriginal law. She then served as counsel at the Department of Justice Canada, working in a section that specializes in emerging issues in Aboriginal law.
Vanessa's teaching and research interests include constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, criminal law, and evidence. In her guest post below, she discusses a paper that she co-authored with Ottawa criminal law practitioner Leo Russomanno. The paper examines proposed legislation to citizens' power to effect arrests. Vanessa and Leo presented the paper in Ottawa at “Globalization of Crime - Criminal Justice Responses,” the August conference on which I've posted here, here, here, and here.