Volume 92, Issue 59

Wednesday, January 13, 1999

sleeping with the enemy


Voulez-vous coucher avec Davenport?

USC proposes two $1,000 raises

New rez to bring more Sophs, upper-years

Ontario Court steals Western dean

B.C. student population lagging

Snow to blame for parking troubles


Caught on campus

Ontario Court steals Western dean

By Dave Yasvinski
Gazette Staff

Western will soon begin a search for a new dean for the faculty of law as the current one will be leaving her post to become London's newest judge.

Eileen Gillese found out Monday her application was successful and she could be sworn in by the end of the month as a judge of the Ontario Court general division. "I think anybody involved in law at some point thinks it would be interesting to become a judge – I welcome the opportunity," Gillese said.

She explained while she will be looking forward to her new job, she does have some mixed feelings about leaving Western. "There are a lot of colleagues I'll miss tremendously," she said.

Applicants qualified for judicial office are required to apply to the commissioner for federal judicial affairs, said Catherine Bachand, assistant to the judicial affairs advisor to the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.

"[Applicants] need to submit a form explaining why they would like to be a judge and explain their professional background and specialization," Bachand said.

Names are then submitted to an advisory committee which discusses the applicants' strengths and weaknesses and ultimately makes a recommendation to the minister of justice.

"Appointments are finally approved by the prime minister with all his ministers and are signed by the governor general," she added.

Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic, said while it has not been received yet, he expects Gillese's resignation will be forthcoming. "It is always difficult to lose a dean. I'm sure she'll make an excellent judge. We are disappointed, but celebrating her appointment."

Moran said they are planning to do a national search to find a replacement for Gillese, but because the selection process could take at least a year, they will have to appoint an acting dean in the meantime.

Gillese added she is at a point in her career where she is ready for this move. "You have to be at a certain stage in your career – I thought I would enjoy the challenge."

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