Monday, December 17, 2018

Former Faculty of Law Associate Dean Lorne Sossin and Adjunct Professor Jonathan Dawe, Class of 1994, have been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto, announced Dec. 13, 2018, by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Reybould.

Dawe, a partner at Dawe & Dineen, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Newmarket. Sossin, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and its former dean, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto.

Before deciding to pursue a career in law, Justice Jonathan Dawe received a B.Sc. from McGill University (1987) and began doctoral studies in theoretical particle physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated as Bronze Medallist from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1994 and clerked for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada before receiving his LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1996. Justice Dawe was called to the Ontario bar in 1997. After practicing for 15 years in the criminal law group at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, he co-founded his own law firm, Dawe & Dineen, in 2012. He served as Associate Commission Counsel to the judicial inquiry in Manitoba into the wrongful conviction of James Driskell from 2006 to 2007.

Justice Dawe’s legal practice focused mainly on criminal appeals, and he participated in numerous significant appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. A long-time member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), he frequently represented the CLA in Supreme Court interventions. He regularly served as a panelist on Supreme Court Advocacy Institute preparatory sessions for Crown, defence and civil counsel who had pending Supreme Court appeals.

Justice Dawe spent many years as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching courses on criminal procedure and the Charter. In 2014, he co-founded the Faculty’s criminal appellate externship program. He also co-wrote a book on criminal appeals for practitioners.

Justice Lorne Sossin graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1996. He holds doctorates in political science from the University of Toronto (1993) and in law from Columbia University (1999).

From 1992 to 1993, Justice Sossin served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. He then commenced his litigation practice with Borden & Elliott (now Borden Ladner Gervais). After faculty appointments at Osgoode Hall Law School (1999-2001) and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (2002-2010), where he served as Associate Dean, he was appointed Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and concluded his term in 2018. As Dean, Justice Sossin pursued initiatives for accessibility in legal education, the expansion of legal clinics and experiential learning, community engagement and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

A prolific writer, Justice Sossin is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 12 books and over 100 articles and book chapters across a wide variety of legal fields, including administrative and constitutional law, legal process, legal ethics, and civil litigation. He was the recipient of the 2012 David Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing and was twice selected as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers.

Justice Sossin has contributed as a board member to numerous organizations, including the National Judicial Institute, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Commission of Ontario. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board, and as the Integrity Commissioner and the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto. Justice Sossin has been active in a number of community organizations, including as Chair of Reena’s Board of Directors.

See the Government of Canada announcement.