Professor Mary Jane Mossman has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1977, after several years as a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, and has served as Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Chair of Faculty Council, and now Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies. Her research interests include women and the law/legal professions; family law, social assistance, and economic dependency; property law, including trusts and pensions; access to justice and legal aid. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Medal of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Award of Excellence of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, a Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Distinguished Service Award, and the annual award of the Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped. In 1995, she held the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa, and was awarded the Walter L. Gordon Fellowship at York University in 2004. In 2007, she received the Bora Laskin Fellowship in Human Rights as well as the Ontario Government’s Leadership in Faculty Teaching award, and she was also appointed University Professor at York. She has also been a Visiting Professor at a number of other law schools. Professor Mossman has been involved, both in her legal scholarship and her community activities, in a variety of issues relating to legal aid and access to justice. She was the first Clinic Funding Manager of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, with responsibility for community legal clinics from 1979 to 1982, and currently serves as Chair of the Administrative Committee of the CAW Legal Services Plan. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, as well as reports for government and other organizations. In 2004, she published Families and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (Toronto: Emond-Montgomery, 2004); and co-authored a second edition of Property Law: Cases and Commentary (Toronto: Emond-Montgomery, 2004). Her most recent book is The First Women Lawyers: A Comparative Study of Gender, Law and the Legal Professions (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2006).
Research Interests: Family Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Property Law, Women and the Law and Access to Justice