JULIAN N. FALCONER, Falconers LLP

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Bio

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.

Julian Falconer received his law degree from the University of Alberta and also holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph-Humber.

In the true tradition of a Barrister, Julian’s practice takes him to civil, administrative and criminal courts at both the trial and appellate level. He has argued cases in both English and French.  A major component of his work has involved advocacy in human rights and public interest litigation. Most recently, Falconers LLP has expanded its operations to Thunder Bay where the firm represents Nishnawbe Aski Nation (First Nations government for Northern Ontario), the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, and numerous First Nation remote communities including Sandy Lake First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Lac Suel First Nation. Falconers LLP also represents Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Southern Ontario. The firm is Counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in respect of ongoing document collection litigation.

Julian has acted as counsel for numerous community service organizations including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Julian’s more prominent individual clients have included Maher Arar, who made Canadian legal history in receiving the largest human rights settlement allotted to an individual plaintiff; the family of Ashley Smith, the 19 year who died in custody at Grand Valley Federal Penitentiary; and Adam Nobody and the “Free Press Four” in relation to their unlawful beatings and arrests during the G20 summit in Toronto.

Julian currently acts as Independent Counsel to the Chair of the AG’s Iacobucci Report Implementation Committee and the Falconers team is also providing the legal support to NAN in its ground breaking volunteer jury initiative in northern remote communities (“Operation Invite”), an initiative aimed at redressing the exclusion of Aboriginal communities from jury rolls in Ontario. Falconers LLP also represents the Drennans and other families in their constitutional test case challenging the unbridled proliferation of wind turbines across the province.
Julian is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in that capacity serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. In addition to extensive writings on issues of race and civil liberties, he has also co-authored a book on Coroners Inquests in Ontario.

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Honours

Named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada →

• Honored by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) for his Distinguished Public Service →

• University of Guelph-Humber conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Julian Falconer at Convocation ceremonies, in recognition of his work in social justice.
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH-HUMBER, JUNE 16, 2014

• The Black Business Professionals Association (BBPA) named Julian Falconer a recipient of the Distinguished Men of Honour Award.
TORONTO, ONTARIO, MARCH 27, 2012

• Julian Falconer received the 2011 Community Builder Award from Tropicana Community Services at the 2011 Caribbean Ball.
TORONTO, ONTARIO, JUNE 4, 2011

• Julian Falconer was honoured by The University of Toronto’s University Advancement division at the Black History Month Luncheon on February 25, 2011 for his accomplishments in law and human rights.
U OF T: UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT DIVISION, February 24, 2011

• Honored by Planet Africa Group with the prestigious Marcus Garvey Award →
• Selected as one of University of Toronto’s 100 most notable graduates of the twentieth century
• Pride Magazine’s African-Canadian Achievement Award
• The Vision of Justice Award (Black Law Students Association-Canada)
Urban Alliance Race-Relations Medal →
• Recognized in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2, Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada, A Contemporary Directory, D.P. Williams & Associates 2007

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Publications

Civil Liability of Police Services to Members of Public , prepared for Police Law Conference, 2010
Civil Remedies for Internal Disputes, prepared for Police Law Conference, 2010
Annotated Coroners Act, 2008/2009, Julian N. Falconer and Peter Pliszka, Butterworths, Updated 2008.
The five W’s of litigating issues of race, prepared for Crown Liability Conference, 2008.
State Misconduct: A Continuum of Accountability, Honoring Social Justice, 2008
The Anti-Terrorist Act and the Arar Finding-Democracy protected or Democracy Eroded, National Journal of Constitutional Law, 2006-2007
Hufsky v. The Queen and Leave in Ladouceur: What’s Left?, The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 4, September 1988, Canada Law Book
The Alert Demand and the Right to Counsel: “The Problem With Talbourdet”, The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 3, June 1986, Canada Law Book Inc.
The Justice System: Is it Serving or Failing Minorities?, Current Readings in Race Relations, Volume 8, No. 2, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Litigating Race in the Criminal Courts, Boyle, Christine et al, The Law of Evidence, Fact Finding, Fairness, and Advocacy, Edmond Montgomery Publications Limited, Toronto, Canada
The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 4, September 1988, Canada Law Book, “Hufsky v. The Queen and Leave in Ladouceur: What’s Left?”
The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 3, June 1986, Canada Law Book Inc., The Alert Demand and the Right to Counsel: “The Problem With Talbourdet”
Currents, Readings in Race Relations, Volume 8, No. 2, The Justice System: Is it Serving or Failing Minorities?, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Boyle, Christine et al, The Law of Evidence, Fact Finding, Fairness, and Advocacy, “Litigating Race in the Criminal Courts” Edmond Montgomery Publications Limited, Toronto, Canada

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Lectures/Speaking Engagements

Julian has been invited to address a wide variety of participants in the justice system. The following are some of the organizations he has addressed:

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Law
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, LLM
The Advocates’ Society Lecture Series
American Bar Association
Black Law Students’ Association
The Canadian Institute
Canadian Police Executive Training
Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
Continuing Legal Education Program (Osgoode Hall)
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Federal Department of Justice – Annual Prosecution Seminar
The Jane Finch Concerned Citizens Organization
Law Commission of Canada
Law Society of Upper Canada
Ontario Bar Association
Ontario Conference of Judges – Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Parkdale Community Legal Services
The Empire Club
The Police Association of Ontario
Ryerson Polytenic University – Social Sciences
Speakers Series for the Court of Appeal Law Clerks
Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators
Toronto Police Service (Sex Crimes Unit)
Toronto School Administrators Association

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Committees (Past and Present)

Co-chair, Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee
Vice-Chair, Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees.
Legal Aid Ontario, Criminal Law Advisory Committee
Co-Chair (with Chief Bill Blair, Toronto Police Service), Saving Lives Implementation Group
Co-Chair, The Conference on Alternatives to the Use of Lethal Force by Police
Co-Chair, CBAO, Constitutional and Civil Liberties Section
Director’s Resource Committee for the Special Investigations Unit
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The Supreme Court of Canada on the Kokopenace Case
The Supreme Court of Canada on the Kokopenace Case

Julian the Skier, Quebec City, 2015
Julian the Skier, Quebec City, 2015

 Julian the Pilot
Julian the Pilot

Receiving the BPPA AWARD as a Man of Distinction
Receiving the BPPA AWARD as a Man of Distinction

Julian Falconer at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission offices with clients Commissioners Justice Sinclair and Wilton Littlechild
Julian Falconer at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission offices with clients Commissioners Justice Sinclair and Wilton Littlechild

Part of the Jury Volunteer Team in Remote First Nation Communities
Part of the Jury Volunteer Team in Remote First Nation Communities

Julian and the Falconers legal team with Justice Iacobucci on the production of the Iacobucci Report on First Nations and the Justice System
Julian and the Falconers legal team with Justice Iacobucci on the production of the Iacobucci Report on First Nations and the Justice System

Fighting Wind Turbines for Southern Ontario Farmers
Fighting Wind Turbines for Southern Ontario Farmers