John Kleefeld named Dean of Law at University of New Brunswick

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FREDERICTON– The University of New Brunswick has announced its new dean of law.

The university announced Thursday that John Kleefeld will soon be joining the department in the role.

Kleefeld comes to UNB from the University of Saskatchewan where he served as an associate law professor with experience in teaching tort law, civil procedure, dispute resolution, legal research, and judgment writing. He has an LLM from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a BA from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the law societies of British Columbia and Saskatchewan and has represented clients at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

“We are pleased to welcome John to UNB as dean of law. His background in practice, his innovative teaching and his commitment to excellence in research make him an outstanding addition to our faculty and our community,” said George MacLean, UNB’s vice-president academic on the Fredericton campus in a release.

 Kleefeld succeeds John Williamson, who was appointed to a two-year term as dean in 2015. Dean Williamson, whose career at the law faculty has spanned more than 40 years in various teaching and leadership roles, continues as professor of law.

 “I would like to thank outgoing Dean Williamson for his leadership over the past two years,” said MacLean. “We at UNB are also grateful to our staff and students, our alum and our colleagues in the legal field who contributed to our search for dean of ‘Canada’s great small law school.’”

 Kleefeld’s five-year term as dean begins on July 1, 2017.