Odelia Bay

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Dissertation Title: Mapping the Margins of a Disability Paradigm: Promoting Self-Care in the Accommodation of Episodic Disability in Employment

Dissertation Topic:

Odelia’s PhD project examines how workers with an episodic disability—that is, a disability characterized by unpredictable and fluctuating periods and degrees of wellness and impairment—balance the competing needs of self-care and work. She plans to speak with a diverse range of people with such disabilities to better understand both their self-care needs and their perceptions of Canadian human rights law. By doing this, Odelia hopes to know more about how, when, and why people with episodic conditions choose to exercise their right to accommodation of disability in the workplace.


  • Master of Laws - Columbia Law School in New York City
  • Juris Doctor - University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Journalism - Ryerson University
  • Called to the Ontario Bar -

Teaching Experience

  • 2017 – present: Writing Tutor, Osgoode Professional Development (“OPD”) program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Fall 2014: Assistant Professor (Sessional), Law, Legislation and Policy (LAW 104), Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
  • Fall 2014: Assistant Professor (Sessional), Labour Law (LAW 326B), Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
  • Winter 2014: Assistant Professor (Sessional), Race, Ethnicity, Culture and the Law (LAW 358), Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
  • 2010 – 2011: Teaching Assistant, Principles of Legal Research (CML 1101), English Common Law, University of Ottawa



  • Bay, Odelia R. “Battling the Warrior-Litigator: An Exploration of Chronic Illness and Employment Discrimination Paradigms” in Ben Isitt & Ravi Malhotra, eds, Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017) [peer-reviewed]
  • Bay, Odelia R. “Malingerer or Maligned: A Comparative Study of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Case Law” (2015) 36 Comp Lab L & Pol’y J 381 [peer-reviewed]
  • Bay, Odelia. “Intention Creep: The Supreme Court of Canada Rebukes Intent Analysis in Quebec (Attorney General) v A, Despite a Tradition of Dressing it up as ‘Context’” The Court (4 July 2013)
  • Bay, Odelia. “In the Matter of the Female Mind: An Analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Approach to Women and Mental Health”, (2011) 3 Critical Disability Discourses 1 [peer-reviewed]


  • 2017: Helena Orton Memorial Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2016: Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • 2016: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario (declined)
  • 2016: Honourable Mention, Roderick A. Macdonald Student Essay Prize, Canadian Law and Society Association
  • 2015: Hon. Willard Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship in Legal Research & Writing, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2013: James Kent Scholar, Columbia Law School
  • 2012: Graduate Student Fellow, Future of Disability Studies Project, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference
  • 2011: Catherine Helen MacLean Prize in Labour Law, University of Ottawa
  • 2010: Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellow, University of Ottawa
  • 2003: Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award, Ryerson University
  • 2001: Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association Award
  • 2001: Shero Award, Ryerson Women’s Centre


  • “The Legal Construction of Disability – Beyond Disability Rights”, Law and Society Association, Mexico City, 20 June 2017 (paper accepted, panel member)
  • “What’s the Harm?: Regulating the Intergenerational Effects of Everyday Toxic Chemicals”, Canadian Disability Studies Association, Calgary, AB, 29 May 2016 (co-authored with Roxanne Mykitiuk, paper accepted, panel member).
  • “(Re)Working Crip-Time Hours: Exploring Chronic Illness Temporalities, Employment Discrimination, and Resistance”, Osgoode Hall Graduate Conference, Toronto, ON, 19 February 2016 (paper accepted, panel member)
  • “Judicial Legacies of the ADA”, Society for Disability Studies, Minneapolis, MN, 14 June 2014 (paper accepted, panel member)
  • "Bodies in Change: Analyzing the Corporeal Logics of Law and Social Change", Law and Society Association, Minneapolis, MN, 30 May 2014 (paper accepted, panel member)
  • “Equity in Legal Education: An Intersectional Analysis”, Law Union of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 14 May 2016 (panel member, speaking about disability and law school)
  • “Giving Life to Law: Taking Action for an Accessible Ontario”, Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds, Toronto, ON, 12 March 2016 (panel chair)
  • “Equity in Legal Education: An Intersectional Analysis”, Law Union of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 14 May 2016 (panel member, speaking about disability and law school)
  • “Giving Life to Law: Taking Action for an Accessible Ontario”, Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds, Toronto, ON, 12 March 2016 (panel chair)
  • “Disabling Barriers and Advocacy: A Discussion”, York University, Toronto, ON, 7 March 2016 (panel member and facilitator).
  • “Know Where You Stand: Aboriginal Law Panel”, Lubicon Lake Nation, Little Buffalo, AB, 20 June 2015 (panel member, speaking on media and Canadian government policy)
  • “Employment, Disability and Inclusive Workplaces”, University of Victoria, Labour & Employment Law Club, 29 January 2015 (invited speaker)
  • “Disability Paradigms in Canadian Law”, University of Victoria, Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice, 29 January 2015 (guest lecturer in upper-year seminar class)
  • “Landing Your First Academic Job”, University of Victoria, Learning and Teaching Centre, 12 November 2014 (panel member)
  • “Legal Theory Panel”, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, 9 September 2014 (panel member, speaking on critical race theory and intersectionality)
  • “Trade Unions Under Attack”, Law Union of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 22 March 2014 (panel member, speaking on public sector sick leave and workers with disabilities).