BA (Hon) (Alberta), LLB (Alberta)
Faculty of Law
Stella Varvis is the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. She teaches in the areas of legal research and writing and is responsible for coordinating the competitive moot program at the Faculty of Law.
Stella comes to the University from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, where she served since 2007 as Legal Counsel to the judiciary with specialized knowledge in class actions, international child abduction, and privacy law. Prior to that, she was a research lawyer in the litigation department of Brownlee LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of insurance defence, commercial litigation, and administrative law.
Stella was active in the competitive moot program in law school, winning the Judges Prize at the Laskin Moot in 2000 and first place in the Clinton J. Ford Moot in 2001. She also served on the Alberta Law Review Editorial Board and Law Faculty Council. She won a number of prizes and awards including the Bryan & Company Student Leadership Award, the Rhonda Zacharias Memorial Award, the Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership, the Lorne Calhoun Memorial Award, and the Sir John A. Mactaggart Essay Prize in Environmental Law (second prize). She was invited to join the University of Alberta Gold Key Society in 1999 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2002.
Stella’s professional interests include legal rhetoric, instructional theory and pedagogy, advocacy and professional responsibility. She is also very active in the community. She is the co-chair of continuing legal education programming for the 2013 Alberta Law Conference presented by the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), having previously served in this role for the 2009 and 2011 conferences. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Edmonton Opera and was a founding member and co-chair of Encore!, an Edmonton Opera association.