Lauren-Wihak

Lauren Wihak, Associate

Email: lwihak@glgmlaw.com

Phone: (778) 330-1060

Lauren J. Wihak joined Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP when it was founded in 2014, after working for three years at a major national firm.

Prior to joining Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, Lauren had the privilege of clerking for the Honourable Mr. Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Honourable Madam Justice Georgina R. Jackson of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. Relying on the experiences and knowledge gained during the course of her two clerkships, Lauren’s practice focuses primarily on public and administrative law, constitutional litigation, and appellate litigation.  She has developed particular expertise in the area of administrative law and practice, as well as applications for leave to appeal and intervener status, and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Lauren has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Federal Court, as well as various administrative tribunals.

Lauren also currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee, and was previously a member of the Legislation and Law Reform Committee.   Lauren has also been the coach of the Thompson Rivers University Wilson Moot Team for the past four years.  The Wilson Moot takes place annually in Toronto and focuses on Constitutional Law.  Lauren has also authored several papers, some of which have been cited by various Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lauren received her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, where she was a member of the Dean’s List during each of her three years of study. Lauren also received several prizes and awards for both academic achievement and leadership within the law school community, including the Queen’s Faculty of Law Entrance Scholarship and the McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award. At convocation, she was awarded the Dean’s Key, which is given to one graduating student per year on the basis of academic achievement and leadership within the law school. Lauren also holds a degree in Communication and Psychology from the University of Ottawa, where she was awarded the Silver Medal for her studies in Psychology.

PUBLICATIONS

Author, “Wither the Correctness Standard of Review:  Dunsmuir, six years later”, (2014) 27 Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice 174.

Author, “A Comment on the Insite Decision – Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44”, Novus Telum, Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, April 2012.

Author, “Quiet Contributions: Re-Examining the Benefits of a Restorative Approach to Sentencing in the Aboriginal Context” (2008) 26 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 53

Author, “Evidentiary Rules in a Post-Dunsmuir World:  Modernizing the Scope of Admissible Evidence on Judicial Review” (2015) 28 Can. J. Admin. L. & Prac. 323 (with Benjamin Oliphant)