The Faculty of Law is proud to announce that Frédéric Bachand, Ad. E., has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, district of Montreal. He replaces Madam Justice S. DeVito, who elected supernumerary status effective December 6, 2016.
“Mr. Justice Bachand will bring many qualities to the Superior Court – among them a keen mind; rigour; great practical wisdom; mastery of subjects including evidence, statutory interpretation, and civil procedure; and deep thoughtfulness on the role of adjudication relative to other modes of resolving disputes,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “It is a huge loss for us, but our colleagues named to the bench remain part of the community of the Faculty of Law. We wish him joy and every success as he continues in a new form his public service in the law.”
Mr. Justice Bachand holds doctorates from the Université de Montréal and the Université Panthéon-Assas, in addition to an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal. He began his legal career with the firm of Ogilvy Renault and at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he clerked for Justice Gérard La Forest. In 2003, he joined McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he taught judicial institutions and civil procedure, legal interpretation, alternative dispute resolution, and evidence, among other subjects. His scholarship has primarily focused on domestic and international arbitration.
In parallel with his academic career, Mr. Justice Bachand has served as an accredited arbitrator in both domestic and international cases. He has contributed his time to numerous organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where he served on the board. In recognition of his contributions to the law and to legal education, he was named Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) by the Barreau du Québec and received the John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award at McGill University.