Job Title:Judicial Education Counsel
Employer:National Judicial Institute
Grad Year:2006
Degree(s):B.A.
Major(s):History
Expertise:Education, Law
Industry:Law

What makes you a good mentor?

I drew a lot from my time at Carleton, and the links I made there are still important to me today. I'm looking forward to meeting students hitting the workforce and helping in whatever way I can.

About Benjamin Piper

My current job is Judicial Education Counsel with the National Judicial Institute. The NJI is the organization that delivers most of the judicial education to courts and judges in Canada. My job is to work with judges across Canada to design and implement these judicial education programs. These cover a broad range of substantive areas: criminal law, family law, corporate/commercial law, or anything else that might be appear in front of the courts. We also design education to teach judicial skills, such as judgment writing or communication skills, and to provide judges with broader social context to inform their decisions.

I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, where I teach Torts and Administrative Law. Before moving to the NJI two years ago, I practiced for 4 years at a boutique law firm in Ottawa called Goldblatt Partners LLP. There, I represented unions, individual clients and organizations in labour and employment law and civil litigation files. After law school, I spent two years as a judicial law clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, where I helped judges of those courts prepare for hearings and write their reasons for judgment.