Q: What scenarios do these exercises cover?
Here’s an example: what happens if you have to engage a civilian aircraft to minimize collateral damage? A general making that decision needs to know his or her actions will be analyzed for the rest of their lives. My role is to help ensure they make the right decisions. I’m there to assist the command room team in creating the right scenarios in that moment. It has to be a no-fail situation because if we make the wrong call, thousands could die.
Q: It sounds highly pressured. Would you
recommend this kind of law career? I love my job and with this current posting I go to bed every night thinking I’ve helped make North America safer. But although it can be very exciting, military law isn’t for everyone. You have to be flexible and able to adapt to very quick changes, including overseas deployment. But there are great educational opportunities—I’m also taking an MA via a London
university and there are conferences every year where I meet the most amazing people. Q: What’s next for you?
I’ll be retiring in 2018 at 55 years of age and my final posting will be in Winnipeg. I’m going to enjoy my retirement but I won’t be slowing down. I’ll use my master’s degree for something else and I’ll certainly be looking for more challenges and learning experiences—I’m sure something will come up. But whatever happens, I’ll always look back fondly on my UVic years—I still brag that it was the top law school in Canada when I was there!
Sherry teaching the basics of Afghan law in a course for military members participating in the NATO development efforts for the Afghan National Army.
Vistas. The UVic Law Alumni Magazine.