“Pursuit of Accountability”

Agent for Change

During my time as a Bencher, I have led initiatives to strengthen our commitment to Aboriginal justice and to supporting the racialized bar and to hear from and respect our equity partners.

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Diversity

As Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees, I maintain my commitment to diversity.

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Mentoring

As a member of a Mentoring Task Force, I continue to campaign for a robust mentoring program for small firm and sole practitioners, as I believe the issue of mentoring needs a strong voice.

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Transparency & Accountability

I have pushed for webcasting Convocation, which is currently being piloted. I also strongly support and will monitor the pending internal Equity Audit of the Law Society’s operations.

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Julian-Falconer-for-Bencher-Official-PictureJulian Falconer is a Bencher and the principal of Falconers LLP in Toronto. His practice focuses on human rights and public interest litigation. Falconers LLP maintains an office in Thunder Bay where Julian represents Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, and numerous First Nation remote communities. Julian has also represented Maher Arar, the Family of Ashley Smith, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Adam Nobody, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in all levels of court. As a Bencher, Julian serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees.

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I have had the privilege of being a Bencher since 2010. I have brought the same focus to access to justice, diversity and service to the profession that characterizes my work as a small firm practitioner. As Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice- Chair of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees WG, together with my colleagues, I have led initiatives to strengthen our commitment to Aboriginal justice and to supporting the racialized bar. I have pushed for proactive steps to hear from and respect our equity partners. I am proud that our dialogue with key organizations has significantly improved and that they have become key players in our initiatives. These initiatives cut across the private and public sector bars. I believe that, when it comes to creating supports for colleagues, there are many more similarities than differences amongst us. I also believe that, in all areas of the justice system including the judiciary, we must reflect those whom we serve. Last election I committed to accountability and transparency. My push for webcasting convocation (which is now being piloted) is one example. The pending internal Equity Audit of the Law Society’s operations is another initiative that I strongly support and will monitor. Much remains to be done. I previously campaigned for a robust mentoring program for small firm and sole practitioners. There are hopeful signs in this area with the striking of a Mentoring Task Force of which I am a member. We have yet to produce a product and I think this issue needs a strong voice. I will continue to be that voice as the need for mentoring affects our most vulnerable colleagues. Talk is cheap but, with a commitment to teamwork with other Benchers, I believe we can produce results. My commitment to diversity and access to justice didn’t begin when I became a Bencher. These principles have animated my practice since I began my career 25 years ago and will continue to be my mainstay for the years to come. I would be honoured to be an Agent for Change for another four years.

The voting period begins the week of April 13th and closes at 5:00 pm EDT on April 30th (for more information on voting in the Bencher Election, please visit the Law Society’s website).

WHO I AM

  • An Opportunity to Act

    “…I call on us to appreciate it’s more than just platitudes now, that … this is an opportunity for us to act. Society expects no less, you can see it all around you, not just within the profession, all around us, that the time has come in terms of reconciling our obligations to First Nations, much as they have to reconcile their obligations to us. And I say and call on us to seize the moment.”

    -Julian Falconer (Convocation, October 30, 2014)

  • A steadfast champion of the public interest

    “Colleagues and clients describe Falconer as a steadfast champion of the public interest, a voice for the powerless, a change maker.”

    -Toronto Star, December 19, 2013

  • One of the country’s top constitutional human rights lawyers

    “Mr. Falconer is one of the country’s top constitutional and human rights lawyers. He represented the Smith family in a lawsuit into the death of Ashley Smith in custody. He worked on the Ipperwash Inquiry. He represented Maher Arar in a suit against the federal government over his rendition and torture in Syria. The list goes on. Point is, Mr. Falconer takes a special interest in holding government to account.”

    -Financial Post, November 17, 2014

PROFILE HIGHLIGHTS:

Julian Falconer University of Guelph

My Statement

I have had the privilege of being a Bencher since 2010. I have brought the same focus to access to justice, diversity and service to the profession that characterizes my work as a small firm practitioner.

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My Profile

Julian Falconer is a husband and father. With his wife and colleague Elisabeth, he has two boys, Ben and Justin. He is also an avid skier and small aircraft pilot…

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MY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Passionate and Committed
    “I support Julian Falconer for Bencher.  I was an elected Bencher for fourteen years, and served as Treasurer from 2008-2010.  I have worked with Julian on files including the Ipperwash Inquiry (2004-2007) and the Jury Roll Challenge in the North.  Julian is passionate and committed to equity and diversity in the profession and to serving and ensuring access to justice for all Ontarians.  He brings his compassion and commitment to his work as a Bencher.”  
    Derry Millar
    Former Treasurer, Law Society, 2008-10
    Senior Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Commitment to Fearless Advocacy
    “I am proud to have been a friend and colleague of Julian’s for 25 years. I am supporting Julian as a Bencher for several reasons, including his commitment to fearless advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities, his dedication to developing the law and institutional structures to change our society for the better, and his commitment to his work as a Bencher in the last five years.”  
    Freya Kristjanson
    Counsel to Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP
  • An Inclusive and Progressive Leader
    “As Chair of the Equity Advisory Group, I’ve worked closely with Julian, who co-chairs the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee. Julian has championed the Equity Advisory Group, diversity, and indigenous issues. He is an inclusive and progressive leader who seeks and listens to input from diverse sources for a full appreciation of the issues. As a Bencher, Julian has brought fresh and innovative ideas to the Committee and to Convocation. Julian has my full support for re-election.”  
    Sandra Nishikawa
    Chair of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society
  • Supportive of All Communities
    “I have known Julian for about 20 years. I have always known him to be supportive of all communities and of issues dealing with equity and fairness. He is committed and is also a fearless champion for the voiceless. I fully support Julian Falconer for Bencher.”  
    Sandy Thomas
    Former President of CABL Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • A Progressive Voice
    I am voting for Julian Falconer for Bencher and I urge you to vote for him. Here is why: I have been a Bencher continuously for the last twenty-five years and became a life bencher in 2007. For the last five years Julian has been a progressive voice at Convocation on a number of important issues. Given the nature of Julian’s practice he has naturally been a voice for small firms and sole practitioners. He has also taken a very strong stand on important social justice issues.  
    Paul Copeland
    Bencher
    Co-founder of the Law Union of Ontario
    Past Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association
    Past Co-President of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted
  • A Strong and Respectful Voice
    I support Julian Falconer for Bencher because he is a strong and respectful voice for our Indigenous communities. As a Past President of the Indigenous Bar Association and a legal practitioner for the last seventeen years, I have experienced firsthand Julian’s style of advocacy in respect of Indigenous justice issues. Julian has been at the forefront on key Aboriginal justice issues both provincially and nationally including the Iacobucci Inquiry into Justice Issues in the North and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission litigation regarding residential school survivors. In his capacity as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee Julian has proven to me that he listens and he values the input of the Aboriginal bar. I have no doubt that he will continue to bring a strong voice to issues for Indigenous peoples at Convocation.  
    Dianne Corbiere
    Managing Partner, Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Past President of the Indigenous Bar Association
  • Real, Purposeful Change
    Over the years Julian Falconer has been an advocate for Nishnawbe Aski Nation on a variety of issues. In his role as a Bencher, he has established an important bridge between us and the Law Society. Mr. Falconer has helped to create real, purposeful change by challenging the status quo; using his voice to get important issues, especially those affecting Indigenous populations, onto the radar in order to advance the fight for a more just society. He is a fierce and tireless advocate, who holds those in positions of power accountable, and by doing so, creates a more even playing field and increases access to justice for all.  
    Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler
    Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Progress as a Bencher
    As president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario, I have had the privilege of discussing our issues with Julian and I have carefully followed his progress as a Bencher. Julian has always advocated for the Bar generally. He has supported the Defence bar through his Bencher work particularly by being a strong proponent of programs such as parental leave, Legal Aid, and with innovation as the Chair of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group. I strongly recommend him for re-election. I count on him and you can too.  
    Anthony Moustacalis
    President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Promoting Diversity
    The Women in Criminal Law Committee encourages everyone to vote for Julian Falconer so we have a strong voice supporting PLAP and other initiatives to retain and promote diversity in the profession. Julian Falconer was instrumental in ensuring the continuation of the Parental Leave Assistance Program (PLAP). He worked tirelessly to ensure that the motion put forward to Convocation to end the program was defeated. He is keenly aware of the issues facing sole practitioners generally. He understands the challenges, financial and otherwise, facing those who leave practice for a period of time to start a family. PLAP will be back on the LSUC agenda during the next Bencher term.  
    Breese Davies
    Sole Practitioner
    Vice-President, Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Helping to Forward Equality Issues
    Please consider casting your vote for Julian Falconer in the Bencher Election. I am a great admirer of Julian’s career, and his pursuit of social justice. We have served as benchers together for four years, and I have been deeply impressed by the many ways in which he has helped to forward equality issues. The legal profession would do well to send him to Osgoode Hall as our representative for another term.  
    Constance Backhouse
    Bencher 2003-15
    Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Committed to Aboriginal Justice
    The Indigenous Bar Association is pleased to endorse Julian Falconer in his candidacy as a Bencher with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Julian is committed to Aboriginal Justice and supporting diversity among the bar. Julian is an advocate for change and access to justice. It is a pleasure and an honour to endorse Julian Falconer.  
    Koren Lightning-Earle
    President
    Indigenous Bar Association

IN THE NEWS

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