Katie Black has a results oriented practice, with a particular focus on commercial disputes, professional negligence, defamation and employment law. Prior to joining a national firm, Katie received unparalleled training serving as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin. From September 2016 until February 2018, Katie served as the Judicial Affairs Advisor for Minister of Justice of Canada.
Katie has considerable commercial arbitration experience. She regularly represents clients before Ontario’s Superior Court, Divisional Court and Court Appeal, and the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal of Canada. Katie also enjoys assisting clients from across the country in leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada and families in their time of need before the Consent and Capacity Board.
Katie received her law degree with honors standing from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Prior to entering litigation, she published regularly on constitutional, national security, privacy and tort law. She continues to lecture regularly and has presented at national conferences on the topics of Charter damages, torts and national security law. Through this work, she hopes to expand the discourse on technology and law.
Active in the wider community, Katie co-founded the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP). With over 1000 lawyers across the country, the RSSP gives pro-bono legal services to the refugee sponsorship community. Through her work with the RSSP and in volunteering with Pro-Bono Law Ontario, Katie remains committed to ensuring access to justice to Canadians. A lover of art, Katie also sits on the Board of Music and Beyond, widely considered one of Canada’s major classical music festivals and one of North America’s most innovative arts.
In 2016, Katie was awarded the Gordon F. Henderson Award in recognition of her professional excellence and commitment to her community by the County of Carleton Law Association. The Gordon F. Henderson Award was established to honour a lawyer who, during the past year, has made a significant contribution to the welfare of the community by performing charitable services on behalf of the community. It recognizes their great dedication and high ideals in service to the community.
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LL.B. (magna cum laude), University of Ottawa, 2009
B.Sc. Honours (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 2004
The Advocates’ Society
County of Carleton Law Association
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
2015 – “Preparing the Theory of the Case” – Guest lecturer in Human Rights Law, University of Ottawa
2015 – “The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program”, presentation at the County of Carleton Law Association’s Annual Civil Litigation Conference
2014 – “Litigation Against the Crown”, collaborated with I. Whitehall in preparing a presentation to be given to Ontario’s Deputy Judges
2014 – “Litigation Considerations in Drafting Arbitration Clauses”, presentation to solicitors at LaBarge Weinstein LLP
2014 – “Negotiation Hygiene: Negotiating Contracts in Contemplation of Litigation”, presentation to solicitors at LaBarge Weinstein LLP
2011 – “Solving the Practitioner’s Dilemma: Charter, Tort or Both”, paper presented at The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Training on Charter and Constitutional Law and Litigation, Ottawa
2009-2011 – “Man Made Women: the Rise of Sexbots”, Guest lecturer in Cyber Feminism, first year common law class, University of Ottawa
2009 – “Using Tort in Novel Ways: How Cattle Trespass Address Harms Caused by GMOs”, Guest lectured at the University of Ottawa on innovative uses for tort law to mitigate harms caused by GMOs
2008 – “Containing the GMO Genie – Using the Tort of Cattle Trespass against the Biotech Industry”, Paper presented at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Q.C.
2007 – “Actuarial Justice Means No Privacy: Implementing Canada’s No-Fly List”, paper presented at The Revealed “I”: Conference on Privacy & Identity, Ottawa, Ont.
2007 – “Contextualizing the Discussion: Issues that Lie at the Interface of National Security, Current Surveillance Technology and Racial Profiling”, Opening address at the Symposium on National Security, Surveillance, Technology and Human Rights in Canada, Ottawa