Lakehead’s group authorized companies director, uCalgary’s Indigenous initiatives coordinator named

For the last two decades, Rusnick-Kinisky has practised law at Thunder Bay, focusing on corporate and commercial law. She has often assisted with the annual legal obligations of not-for-profit corporations and with applications for charitable registrations.

Rusnick-Kinisky has taught and mentored law students on how to provide legal services to clients. Lakehead says she values the necessity and the importance of maintaining the clinical education program at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and of improving access to justice to the community through this program.

Rusnick-Kinisky received her LLB from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.

Showalter’s new position, which he began on June 1, consists of assisting Indigenous students throughout their law school journey and the standing committee on Indigenous strategy with its goals, the University of Calgary wrote in a news release.

Showalter, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta from the City of Calgary (Moh’kins’tsis) and sacred Treaty 7 territory, was an Indigenous articling student at Calgary Legal Guidance. In that role, he helped vulnerable Albertans navigate the legal system and the Calgary Legal Guidance’s Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas (Before Being Judged) program. This program aims to promote Indigenous access to justice, including to Calgary’s Indigenous Court, through Indigenous-client-focused outreach clinics and initiatives.

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