University of Calgary

James Kent Donlevy

  • Associate Professor


Dr. Donlevy has served as a school principal, taught grades 5-12, and is permanently certified with and has negotiated for both the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Saskatchewan Teachers' Association. He has been a barrister and solicitor since 1985 and has written extensively in the areas of school law dealing with constitutional and tortuous matters publishing with colleagues the Guide to Alberta School Law and in preparation of the Guide to Ontario School Law and the Guide to Saskatchewan School Law. He is recognized as an expert in school law at the Court of Queen's Bench (Alberta).

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Donlevy's research focus is on educational law with a particular focus on constitutional law, negligence, and Catholic education. A secondary focus is on ethics and leadership in education.

Current Projects:

  • Student Drivers and the Tort of Negligence
  • The Negligent Supervision of Doctoral Students
  • Freedom of Conscience and Education


University of Saskatchewan (2003)

University of Saskatchewan (1994)

University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan (1984)

University of Saskatchewan (1973)

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Donlevy, provides assistance to law firms with respect to civil litigation involving constitutional and tortuous matters which are before the Court of Queen's Bench for Alberta and has been consulted with regard to similar matters in Saskatchewan. He has lectured on constitutional issues at Queen's University (Faculty of Education), York University (Osgood Hall Law School), University of Alberta (Faculty of Law), University of New Brunswick (Faculty of Law and Education), University of British Columbia (Centre for Studies in Religion and Society).


Donlevy, J.K. (2010). Constitutional Rights, Constitutional Privileges and the School Boundary Dispute in Alberta Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations

Donlevy, J. K. (2008). Catholic Schools and Freedom of Conscience in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (St. John’s School of Law, New York) Symposium Issue Vol. 47, 1, pp. 69-96.

Donlevy, J. K. (2004). Value Pluralism and Negative Freedom: The Surrey and Trinity Cases. McGill Journal of Education 39 (3) pp. 305-325

Donlevy, J.K., Chomos, J., & Walker, K.D. A Guide to Alberta School Law 2008 Blitzprint, Calgary, AB.

Donlevy, J.K. (2009). The Ten Dimensions of Inclusion: Non-Catholic Students in Catholic Schools Sense Publications, Netherlands


  • Killam Resident Fellowship (2006)
  • Teaching Excellence Award Faculty of Education (2005)
  • Teaching Excellence Award Students' Union University of Calgary  (2004)
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