Grad profile: For the love of the environment

Kieran Simpson, Schulich School of Law

- June 2, 2023

Kieran Simpson. (Provided photo)
Kieran Simpson. (Provided photo)

This article is part of a series focusing on the grads of the Dalhousie Class of 2023. Spring Convocation runs from May 29 to June 7 in Halifax and Truro. Read all our profiles here as they are published, and for more information visit the Convocation website.

Why did you want to attend the Schulich School of Law?

I was always interested in Schulich Law because I knew they had a great environmental law program, which was an important consideration for me. I was also excited about experiencing the opposite coast of Canada because I’d always lived in B.C. Attending Weldon Welcome Days made my decision a lot easier as I was able to check out the school and city before committing.

In what ways were you involved with the law school community?

I was an executive member of the Environmental Law Students’ Society and a student-representative on the Board of Directors for East Coast Environmental Law. I did pro bono work with East Coast Environmental Law in 2L and 3L, and with Dalhousie Youth Legal Education Society in 1L. I also did a work placement with East Coast Environmental Law, as well as research with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute on a coastal climate change adaptation project between 2L and 3L.

I played on several Schulich Law intramural teams including basketball, soccer and hockey as well.

What is your favourite law school memory?

I had one of my papers published last year, which is something I am very proud of. I also got to attend a weekend-long meeting of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus with East Coast Environmental Law in the fall of 3L. 

Outside of school, I really enjoyed the hiking and camping trips I went on with friends, especially to Cape Breton.

What will you miss most about Schulich Law?

I will definitely miss the friends I made the most. I met amazing people and formed very close friendships through law school. I will also miss the city.

What are your post-graduation plans?

After a few weeks in Europe, I will be articling in the small community of Rossland, B.C., at Lysenko Law. I’ll be practicing all areas of law while articling, including environmental law. I am very excited about this opportunity — and to have a ski hill a few minutes from the office!


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