BComm (Alta.), LLB (Vic.), LLM (Calg.)
Member of the Alberta Bar
Shaun Fluker is on sabbatical until June 30, 2014.
Office: MFH 4340
Shaun joined the Faculty of Law in 2007. Prior to joining the Faculty, he was in private practice and spent two years as counsel with the Alberta Securities Commission. Shaun is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta with experience providing legal services in the areas of corporate/commercial, securities, environmenta, and administrative law. Shaun has appeared as counsel before all levels of Alberta courts.
Shaun is married to Samantha and they have three children. When he is not at the law school, Shaun enjoys skiing and climbing in the mountains west of Calgary with family and friends.
Subjects instructed include administrative law, legal theory, statutory interpretation and drafting, environmental law and ethics, and endangered species law. Shaun has also led the Faculty's natural resources, energy and environmental law clinic since 2011.
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Clinic
Shaun oversees and instructs Law 691 – Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Clinical Program. Law 691 provides JD students with opportunities to provide legal services in energy and environmental law under direct supervision of the instructor. Law 691 also gives students the option of placement work with administrative tribunals such as Alberta’s Natural Resources Conservation Board.
Law 691 involves a mix of classroom studies and working with a client or tribunal. Students spend 1.5 hours per week in seminar-style classroom instruction. General topics for classroom discussion include case management, client relations, legal drafting, rules of court, advocacy skills, and selected matters relevant to energy and environmental law in Alberta. Students must participate in class discussions, make a presentation in a public setting, and draft a substantive legal document such as an opinion, factum, affidavit, pleadings, legislation, or research memorandum.
General examples of the type of legal services that have been provided by students in Law 691 include: (1) representation before the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Environmental Appeals Board concerning public participation, energy development and water management; (2) representation at the Court of Appeal on leave applications; and (3) advice on renewable energy development in urban areas.
Shaun's research work generally falls within the following three subjects: (1) access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection; (2) the implementation of environmental norms in law; (3) the regulation of environmental markets. Work in progress includes a study of carbon markets, an investigation into the operation of environmental law clinics at Canadian law schools, and exploring the use of wilderness rhetoric in legal reasoning. Shaun is also a member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group.
Thesis-based LLM: Jeffrey Bone
In 2012/2013, Shaun will chair the Faculty's Academic Appeals Committee and serve as a member of the Strategic Planning Group and on the Mooting and Debating Committee.. He also serves on the University Senate and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.