Jerry McHale, Professor

University of Victoria

Jerry McHale, Professor

University of Victoria
mjmchale@uvic.ca

Biography

Since 2011, Jerry has occupied the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Victoria teaching in the areas of public policy, legislation, collaborative dispute resolution and access to justice.  From 2001-2011 he served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice Services Branch in the BC Ministry of Justice where he was responsible for civil, criminal and family law policy and legislation, as well as for legal aid, family law programs, dispute resolution and access to justice reform.  From 1996-2001 he was the Director of the Ministry’s Dispute Resolution Office responsible for developing mediation programs and expanding the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in the courts and in government. From 1980 to 1991 he worked as a barrister, solicitor and mediator in the private sector. Jerry chaired the BC Family Justice Reform Working Group, which published “A New Justice System for Families and Children” in 2005 and, more recently, he chaired the Family Working Group of the National Action Committee on Access to Justice Civil Family Matters, which published “Meaningful Change for Family Justice: Beyond Wise Words” in 2013. He has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare and public policy.

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