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