THE ADVOCATE 869
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
DR. ROBERT RUSSO
With ten years of experience in the Indigenous residential school settlement
process and J.D., LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Allard Law, Dr. Robert
Russo has been recruited to join the law school as faculty lead for the Master
of Laws Common Law (“LLM CL”) program, contributing as well to teaching
in the distance learning and J.D. first-year programs.
Prior to this recent appointment, Russo served as a part-time faculty
member in the 2017/18 school year, designing and teaching tort law in the
distance education program for LLM CL students. He notes that one of his
fondest memories at Allard Law is from his time last year teaching LLM CL
students, who had completed a law degree abroad, and engaging with their
diverse perspectives in discussions of Canadian law.
Russo is also looking forward to getting more involved in the distance
education program at Allard Law and taking advantage of the interactive
education tools that would help enrich the first-year J.D. public law course.
When looking back at his time as a law student, Russo remembers the
impact that some key individuals had on his career and continue to influence
him today. “Dean Catherine Dauvergne, former UBC Associate Professor
Ruth Buchanan, Professor Wesley Pue, and Associate Professor Karin
Mickelson have each in some way impacted my legal career,” recalls Russo.
“As a mentor, the dean was an integral part of my Ph.D. studies, as was Professor
Buchanan during my LL.M. I wrote my first article with Professor
Pue and through this process he treated me like a colleague, not a subordinate,
which has shaped my teaching style and has inspired me to treat all
my students like colleagues. Associate Professor Karin Mickelson taught me
property law and I will never forget the class we had on 9/11. Interestingly
enough we were supposed to discuss airspace rights, but instead we spent
the class discussing the tragic events of that morning. It is a class I still
Prior to joining Allard Law, Russo spent the last ten years with the
Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, where he worked
as the government’s representative for residential school settlement hearings.
“A large portion of my career was spent on reconciliation, and I want
to highlight that I think it is important that as Canadians, no matter what
we do professionally, we begin to incorporate reconciliation into our daily
lives,” says Russo.