Meet the Faculty and Staff

Glenn GallinsProfessor Glenn Gallins, Q.C.,    B.A. (Wisconsin) 1967, M.S. (Wisconsin) 1968, LL.B. (British Columbia) 1972, LL.M. (London) 1983, was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974. Professor Gallins is Director of the Law Centre Clinical Law Program. He was a member of the Faculty from 1980 to 1984, and rejoined the Faculty in 1992. In 2007 he was the winner of the University of Victoria Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has received the Law Faculty's Master Teacher Award several times and has also been awarded the Law Faculty's Service Award. He has also been the recipient of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award which acknowledged his exemplary leadership in linking the University of Victoria and the community for the greater public benefit, and the Victoria Bar Association's Pamela Murray Award which recognized his high professional standards and substantial contributions to the well being of the local bar. In 2013 Professor Gallins was awarded the George A. Goyer Award for his distinguished contributions to the legal profession and residents of British Columbia. The Goyer award is the highest honour that that can be bestowed by the BCCBA.

Professor Gallins' teaching and research interests focus on clinical legal education, lawyering skills, and the application of social science research techniques to develop strategies and techniques to improve the delivery of legal services.

In the past Professor Gallins has served as a municipal solicitor, Director of Legal Information Services for the Ministry of the Attorney-General, and as Executive Director of the Law Centre.

Professor Gallins has been very active in community affairs, and has sat on the boards of numerous volunteer agencies. He is a Past Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and former member of the Capital Health Board and Beacon Community Association Board. Professor Gallins is married. He has four children, all of whom have pursued careers as physicians.

As Clinical Director, Professor Gallins is responsible for the educational content of the Clinical Program. He personally conducts most of the classes held during the Orientation Period. He is also responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Clinical Program.


Steve Perks, B.A. (UVic ) 1981, LL.B. (UVic) 1987, is the Assistant Clinical Director, and one of the lawyers in the clinic to whom students may look for assistance in the conduct of their files.  With The Law Centre since 1994, Steve is an experienced clinical law instructor.   His areas of practice include human rights, administrative law, civil litigation, criminal, and family law.  In addition to his work at The Law Centre he has taught the Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, and Social Welfare Law courses within the faculty.  He also co-coaches UVic Law’s mooting teams entered in the Canadian Client Consultation Competition.

Prior to joining The Law Centre, Steve was in private practice in Victoria in the above mentioned areas of practice.  He also served as Crown Counsel in Courtenay, B.C. for a two year period.  Prior to law, Steve was a graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at UVic, and went on to become a Planning Co-ordinator with the B.C. Ministry of Forests.  Steve was a seasonal park interpreter in Banff and Jasper National Parks.  He was also a tennis teaching professional.  In his fields of interest, Steve has tended to gravitate to teaching roles.

Throughout his career Steve has maintained a level of voluntary community involvement, that has included: Victoria Bar Association (board member), Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (board member), UVic Educational Equity Advisory Committee (Professional Employees Association representative), Together Against Poverty Society (board member), Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (board member), Bays United Youth Soccer Association (board member), Oak Bay Tennis Club (president), and South Island Tennis Association (president).


Tybring Hemphill is a Clinical Instructor in the Law Centre Student Clinic Program. He obtained his BSc in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto in 1987. After a few years of real work he again sought refuge and solace in learning, choosing to attend the Law School at UVIC. He graduated in 1992 and was called to the Bar of B.C. the subsequent year. He has practiced, and continues to practice when not working at the Clinic, at the firm of McKimm & Lott in Sidney primarily in the area of Criminal Defence. Tybring joined the faculty in July 2000. He assists students with the preparation of trials, hearings and other matters, regularly attends Court with the students and is happily almost always able to give positive feedback.



Judy JonesJudy Jones is the Program Administrator for the Law Centre Clinical Program. She provides administrative and computer training for students and secretarial support to the Director, Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor.   Judy has worked in an administrative and secretarial capacity for her entire working career.  Her previous experience with the public and most recently, Legal Services Society, enables her to provide knowledgeable and professional assistance to fellow staff members and clients.



Susan NoakesSusan Noakes is the staff social worker with the Law Centre. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1985 with her BA (Hons.) in Sociology and later returned to UVIC to complete her BSW (1990) and MSW (2002). She has been a registered social worker with the Board of Registration of Social Workers in BC since 2004. Susan has had many roles with the Law Centre: social work student (1990); board member, paralegal and now staff social worker. Her thesis Answering the call: the processes of developing the social work identity examined the development of the social work identity - an idea that was inspired from first working at The Law Centre.

Her professional background includes 3 years as a child protection worker in the British Columbia Interior, 4 years as a legal advocate with the Together Against Poverty Society and 8 years with Community Living Services/Community Living BC as a guardianship social worker. Her community work involves 14 years as an active board member of the Together Against Poverty Society. Her role is to provide social work services to clients through The Law Centre as well as to educate law students about working in an interdisciplinary setting.


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