Test cases

Test case committee

This committee provides LAO with expert, independent advice on applications for legal aid assistance for public interest matters. To make recommendations to LAO on supporting public interest matters, the committee applies a public interest matter eligibility test that includes consideration of a range of eligibility factors.

The test case committee's role is that of an expert advisory committee. It is LAO that makes final decisions on matters that committee recommends for support.

The committee currently includes:

  • Meeting Chair: Marcus Pratt, director, Policy and Strategic Research
  • Kathryn Ferreira, lawyer, director, Queen's Prison Law Clinic, Kingston; expert in prison law, and prisoner's rights
  • Faisal Mirza, lawyer, Mirza Kwok Defence Lawyers, Mississauga; expert in criminal law, constitutional law, and appellate litigation. Instructor, University of Toronto, Political Science Department
  • Anthony Morgan, lawyer and Community Development Officer in the City of Toronto's Confronting Anti‑Black Racism Unit; expert in human and civil rights specializing in intersectional anti‑racist human rights litigation
  • Ryan Peck, executive director, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario; expert in poverty law, human rights
  • Shawn Richard, lawyer, Lenkinski Law, Toronto; expert in family, estates and civil litigation. Instructor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law. President of Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.
  • Jonathan Rudin, lawyer, program director, Aboriginal Legal Services, Toronto; expert on the law and implementation of Gladue, Aboriginal justice. Instructor, York University.
  • Geraldine Sadoway, lawyer, law professor at Osgoode Hall, Toronto; expert in international human rights, immigration and refugee law
  • David Shannon, Shannon law office, Thunder Bay; expert in mental health law and human rights.
  • Elizabeth Thomas, lawyer, formerly executive director of Queen's Prison Law Clinic, Kingston (Part‑time)
  • Chantal Tie, lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Toronto & Ottawa; expert in human rights, immigration and refugee law

Meeting dates scheduled for 2019

Application deadline Meeting date
January 3January 17
February 7February 21
March 7March 21
April 4April 18
May 2May 16
June 6June 20
July 4July 18
August 1August 15
Sept 5Sept 19
October 3October 17
November 7November 21
December 5December 19
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