Jesse Hartery joined the firm in the summer of 2018 after his third year of law school in McGill University’s joint program in common law (LL.B.) and civil law (B.C.L.). He holds an Honours B.A. in History with a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Ottawa and has completed a Program in Chinese Law at Shantou University.
During his time at McGill, he has been a Research Assistant to Professors Johanne Poirier (holder of the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism) and Yaëll Emerich (Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law). He volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada and was the Co-Coordinator of the McGill Chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year. He also founded the McGill Chapter of the Runnymede Society and acted as its first Co-President.
In 2017-2018, he had the opportunity to serve as a Law Clerk to Justice Mark G. Peacock of the Superior Court of Québec. In that same year, he also acted as a Teaching Assistant in the Constitutional Law course at McGill.
Before joining Fasken, Jesse worked for a summer in Toronto in the Crown Law Office (Civil) at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, where he assisted Crown counsel in a variety of areas of law (including civil and commercial litigation, administrative law, and aboriginal law) and personally took carriage of small claims and strict liability regulatory offence files of importance to the Government of Ontario. Prior to his legal studies, he worked in federal politics, which included doing policy work in the office of the former Minister of Finance of Canada, The Honourable Jim Flaherty.
He has published articles with The Federal Idea, Advocates for the Rule of Law and the McGill International Review. He is also a regular contributor to Tea Circle, the blog run by the Program on Modern Burmese Studies at the University of Oxford.