Brandon Trask is an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba and an adjunct fellow at St. John’s College. He is a clinical professor at the Faculty of Law, with responsibility for supervising the work of the Rights Clinic.
Professor Trask’s research focuses primarily on the areas of criminal law and evidence, constitutional law (with an emphasis on the Charter), and green criminology, as well as areas related to progressive law and economics.
Professor Trask is originally from Winnipeg. He worked for the Government of Manitoba as a research and policy analyst in the Office of Canada-US and International Relations while he was an undergraduate student in the University of Manitoba’s Global Political Economy Program. After two years of undergraduate studies, Professor Trask was admitted to Robson Hall in 2009. He graduated with his Juris Doctor (JD) in 2012, after gaining litigation experience through his time as a volunteer with the University Law Centre and through his work as a summer student with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.
Professor Trask then completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Toronto during 2012-13 under the supervision of Professor Michael Trebilcock, specializing in the area of law and economics.
After articling with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Prosecutions Division and receiving his first call to the Bar in 2014, Professor Trask worked as a Crown prosecutor in Newfoundland and Labrador and later in Nova Scotia, most recently with the Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. While in practice as a Crown prosecutor, Professor Trask was involved with hundreds of cases across two levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador and three levels of court in Nova Scotia. He also regularly appeared on behalf of the Crown at the Criminal Code Review Board in Nova Scotia.
Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Professor Trask taught (via distance) as a course instructor with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Law and Society Program, teaching over 1,100 undergraduate students between 2015 and 2020.
Additionally, Professor Trask was formerly a biweekly newspaper columnist with the Canstar Community Newspapers of Winnipeg. He has repeatedly been a radio panelist and guest and has also been interviewed for national and local television. Professor Trask has written op-ed pieces for a variety of newspapers, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Ottawa Citizen, and has also been interviewed for many newspaper articles.