Juliet Lucy Chang Knapton (she/her/Mx.) has a passion for legal education and has taught at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law since 2011 and is currently the Advocate-in-Residence in the Common Law faculty. She is also a Mentor and Assessor for the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Law Practice Program (LPP) and a Director and Instructor of a private advocacy training organization. She is a former civil litigator and adjudicator.
Juliet was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005. She graduated from the University of Ottawa law school after completing her BA(H) at Queens University and her teaching certification at Michigan State University. She spent several years working overseas in Colombia and Pakistan before returning to Canada and entering private practice. She acted on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters at various levels of trial and appellate courts and tribunals.
Juliet’s legal training has been complemented by a term at the Centre for National Security Studies in Washington, D.C., the legal clinic at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, S.A., and a clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada. She is a trained mediator and workplace investigator.
Juliet is the Vice-Chair of the Roundtable of Legal Diversity Associations (RODA) and has held a number of leadership positions at the Ontario Bar Association, currently as the Chair of the Recognition and Leadership Development Committee. She served as a member of the federal Judicial Advisory Committee and has been actively involved with a variety of community and advocacy groups including the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL), the Wilson (Charter Section 15) Moot, public and Chinese language school councils, and sat for many years on the executive board of the Emily Murphy House in Ottawa.
Juliet has written and given presentations on a wide range of equity and advocacy issues.