Voting open until noon today for ‘Hutch’ as best lecturer

Allan Hutchinson, professor and associate dean at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, took on the competition on Saturday, Feb. 10 as a finalist in TV Ontario’s 2007 Best Lecturer Competition.

There is still time to vote for Hutchinson. The online poll closes at noon today. To vote, go to and cast your ballot.

TVO’s Big Ideas broadcast Hutchinson’s lecture this past weekend. Following the Saturday broadcast, in which Hutchinson was paired against one rival, viewers began the process of voting for their favourite online. At the end of the competition, the winning lecturer’s university will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship from TD Meloche Monnex. One online voter will also win a 50-inch plasma TV.

Left: Allan Hutchinson

In a message circulated last Thursday, Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan exhorted the York community to support "Hutch." Monahan noted that Hutchinson "certainly knows his subject material (Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms) and there’s no denying he’s an eloquent and engaging teacher and public speaker."

A member of Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty since 1982, Hutchinson teaches tort law, constitutional law, jurisprudence and civil procedure. 

For more information about the competition, visit the TVO Best Lecturer Web site. To view a video clip of Hutchinson in action, click here.

See the July 14, 2006 issue of YFile for a profile of Hutchinson