WHAT I DO
I am a litigator at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, where I specialize in complex commercial and public law litigation.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PRO BONO WORK
I have acted as pro bono counsel in almost 20 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada, Court of Appeal and trial courts. For example, I was counsel to interveners in Bedford (constitutional challenge to Canada's prostitution laws), Carter (constitutional challenge to Canada's assisted-suicide law) and Moore v British Columbia (the leading case on educational discrimination). In addition, I have acted as pro bono amicus curiae in the Court of Appeal. I manage Bennett Jones LLP pro bono projects, including assisting Pro Bono Law Ontario in piloting new pro bono projects.
WHY I DO THIS PRO BONO WORK
Like all Ontario lawyers, I took an oath to advance the cause of access to justice. I believe that there is no higher calling in our profession than representing someone in a just cause who otherwise cannot afford a lawyer.
ONE COMMENT TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS
Pro bono work is one of the rare times in your career where you will have the thanks of a grateful client, court and opposing counsel.