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: Jeff Gillham, Director of GTA Centralized Services and Provincial Case Management Office

  • Breese Davies, lawyer, Toronto; expert in criminal law, constitutional law, the interests of individuals with mental health issues and appellate litigation

  • 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, Falconers LLP, Toronto; 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 2018

Application deadline Meeting date
January 4 January 18
February 1 February 15
March 29 April 12
May 3 May 17
June 7 June 21
July 5 July 19
August 2 August 16
September 6 September 20
October 4 October 18
November 1 November 15
December 6 December 20
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