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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, October 10, 2005

Death of Prof. James G. McLeod

Mcleod "Affectionately known as "Jay" to his family, colleagues and friends, Professor James G. McLeod, husband, father, grandfather, law professor, author, lecturer and raconteur died suddenly at his home on Tuesday. He was 57.

Professor McLeod graduated with his LLB from The University of Western Ontario in 1971 and an LLM from the University of London England in 1972. He was called to the Bar in 1974 and taught a variety of courses at the Western's Law School and the Ivey School of Business. He held the position of associate dean (administration) in the Faculty of Law.

Jay's lectures were legendary amongst students, lawyers and judges for their insight, clarity and humor. A leading expert in Canadian Family Law, Jay is the author and/or editor of the leading family law publications in Canada, he has also acted as consultant to the Canadian Bar Association as well as the provincial and federal governments on family law issues. His works have been cited with approval by every Court in the country including many times by the Supreme Court of Canada.

When it came to family law, Jay was the conscience of the country by not shying away from challenging Court decisions when they did not meet his high standards for logic and consistency. He was a giant in the legal profession and the country is a great deal poorer as a result of his passing. Jay almost single handedly made the practice of family law in Ontario respectable. His contribution to the development of family law in Canada was surpassed only by the esteem in which he was held by his colleagues and judiciary and the reverence of his students. In life Jay made us laugh. In death we mourn his memory." By University of Western Ontario Link to Announcement  (last visited 10-09-05 NVS) Link to Prof. McLeod's Faculty Page (last visited 10-09-05)

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