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Kienan practices public and constitutional law, with a particular focus on language rights. He is also keenly interested in administrative and aboriginal law.
Franco-Ontarian originally from the suburbs of Toronto, Kienan currently lives in Ottawa.
Kienan has acquired civil litigation experience at all levels of court, including provincial appeal courts and the He has acquired knowledge of various facets of education law, notably minority language education rights guaranteed by law and by Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also has experience assisting institutional clients with securing capital funding.
Kienan’s interest in public law stems from his studies in public administration and policy in addition to his professional experience in the federal public service, which involved supervising a large team responsible for sharing information and interacting with the public.
Kienan joined Power Law as a lawyer in 2018 after completing his articles and summer internship with the firm.
Kienan practises in both English and French.
J.D. cum laude, (University of Ottawa, Common Law (French) – 2017)
B. PAPM (Bachelor’s of Public Affairs and Policy Management), Specialization in Human Rights (Carleton University, 2013)
While in law school, Kienan completed an internship with the City of Ottawa Legal Services’ municipal law and planning section, during which he assisted with preparing documents and pleadings for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly Ontario Municipal Board) as well as the Superior Court of Justice. For two years, Kienan was also a peer mentor to new students in the French common law programme at the University of Ottawa.
Kienan has received the Professional Ethics Writing Prize (University of Ottawa, 2017), the Iain Beaudoin Memorial Scholarship (University of Ottawa, 2015) and the Lester B. Pearson prize (Carleton University, 2012, 2013).
During his legal studies, Kienan was a member of the Ottawa Law Review (2014, 2015) in addition to being a member and president of several boards of directors.
While at the University of Ottawa, Kienan had the opportunity to complete several courses in aboriginal law, notably an intensive course on aboriginal legal traditions which included Ojibway language courses. He also wrote and presented a research paper examining the legal, moral and political consequences of targeted assassinations by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
While at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Kienan was a member of the soccer team and trumpet player for several jazz and classical ensembles.
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)
Canadian Bar Association