Rodney Hayley appointed “Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence”


Today Rodney Hayley has been appointed by the University of Victoria as “Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence.” His two year appointment takes effect January 1, 2013. In this position, Hayley will teach Civil Procedure, Class Actions and Mass Litigation, and a course he is designing on legal history entitled “Anti-Asian Laws, 1850 to the Present: Origins, Application, Repeal and Redress.” 

“The firm is excited to have Rod appointed as the Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence at UVic and to know that future UVic law students will benefit from the talents of an extremely accomplished practitioner and teacher,” says managing partner Brian Fulton. “Rod is bringing his talent and close to three decades of experience to this position and we would like to extend our warm congratulations on his new appointment.”

This appointment is part of Lawson’s continued commitment to legal education and is an indicator of the strong relationships that the firm has cultivated with local law schools over the years.   

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Hayley will be involved in UVic’s mooting program assisting students with their simulated court proceedings, as well as other faculty activities, including the Legal Process program for first-year students. Hayley will also maintain a position as senior counsel with Lawson Lundell LLP.

Commenting on his appointment, Hayley said: "I'm really looking forward to this role. I thoroughly enjoy teaching up-and-coming legal practitioners and scholars and am excited about the opportunity to devote more of my time to engaging with students and sharing my love of the law.”

Throughout his long and successful career as a teacher and a scholar, Hayley has had the pleasure of teaching many students who have gone on to make valuable contributions to the legal profession.


About Rodney Hayley:

Hayley practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on class actions, toxic tort litigation, products liability, securities litigation, construction and engineering law, insurance law, mining law, aboriginal law, banking law and complex corporate/commercial disputes generally. As a Commonwealth Scholar, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London, and subsequently worked as an English professor at the universities of Alberta, Western Ontario, Dalhousie and Ottawa, where he was Chair of the Honours English program. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard.