Michael McNichol

Paralegal Support Lead – Law Products, Consentia

Michael McNichol holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in English, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Library and Information Studies. Michael specialized in negligence litigation before transferring his focus to a solicitor’s practice which included corporate-commercial, residential real estate transactions, and estate planning. In 2019, Michael placed himself on the non-practicing list with the Law Society and dedicated himself to studying the organization of information and document management. His career and research interests include the conjunction of access to information and access to justice; community-led librarianship; social responsibility (equity, inclusivity, and diversity); innovative uses of technology; and advocacy.

Michael’s volunteer activities include holding the position of Secretary of the Law Libraries Association of Edmonton; acting as a member of the board of directors of the altView Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities; and co-chairing the Forum for Information Professionals (FIP) conference, a yearly event that showcases student and early-career professional research. FIP 2021 was the first to be completely virtual and generated an audience that included librarians from Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Scotland, and England.

Michael is also a writer, publishing in both Pathfinder, and, most recently, in The Literary Review of Canada.