This story is published in YFile’s New Faces Feature Issue 2020, part two. Every September, YFile introduces and welcomes those joining the York University community, and those with new appointments. Part one was published in the Sept. 11 edition.
Osgoode Hall Law School welcomes two new faculty members this fall: Kate Glover Berger and Jonathon Penney.
“We are delighted to welcome these two excellent scholars,” said Osgoode Dean Mary Condon, “who will make substantial contributions to teaching and the learning experience of our students and also delve deeply into research topics that further knowledge and understanding of the law, our justice system and our society.”
Kate Glover Berger
Kate Glover Berger joins Osgoode as an assistant professor. Her scholarly and teaching expertise lies in administrative and constitutional law. She researches and publishes widely in these areas, with an emphasis on administrative law and its relationship to the constitution; the nature of the administrative state; the design of institutions and fair process; judicial review of administrative action; and constitutional principles, architecture and amendment. In 2017, her research was awarded the Prix d’Excellence de L’Association des Doyens des Études Supérieures au Québec.
Glover Berger earned her doctorate in law from McGill University as a Vanier Scholar and held the O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She earned her masters in law from the University of Cambridge, where she was the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Senior Scholar. In 2009-10, she served as law clerk to Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2015 to 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at Western University.
A recipient of multiple teaching awards, Glover Berger teaches JD courses and seminars in administrative law, constitutional law and advanced public law. She is also active in graduate legal education, and lectures on specialized topics of public law in professional development programs. She is the academic chair of the Annual National Forum on Administrative Law and chair of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.
Jonathon Penney’s research is at the intersection of law, technology, and human rights, with strong commitments to data justice and both interdisciplinary and empirical methods.
Penney, who joins Osgoode as a professor, holds a doctorate in information, communication, and the social sciences from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford (Balliol College); an LLM from Columbia Law School; an MST from the University Oxford (Wolfson College); and a BA/JD from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
Before joining Osgoode, he was director of the Law and Technology Institute at Schulich School of Law and an associate professor. He is also a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a research associate of the Civil Servant Project at the MIT Media Lab. He is called to the bar in Ontario and New York and, before pursuing graduate studies, spent time in practice as a litigation lawyer in Toronto.
He spent the 2019-20 academic year as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and as a research affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.