Monday, July 4, 2016
Paul Schabas

Faculty of Law alumnus Paul Schabas, LLB 1984, has been elected the 66th Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the highest elected office of the LSUC, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest.

Schabas is lauded as one of Canada’s leading media and constitutional lawyers. He’s a partner and senior trial and appellate counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. Schabas has argued numerous significant and seminal cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, “developing new law in areas such as defamation, free expression, equality rights, judicial independence and access to justice.”

In 2007 he was first elected as a LSUC bencher and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.  During this time, he served as chair of the Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Access to Justice Committee, and the Professional Regulation Committee. He was a member of the Equity and Aboriginal, Tribunals and Finance Committees and the Articling and Mentoring Task Forces.

He teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, chairs the Law Foundation of Ontario and is a past president of Pro Bono Law Ontario.

The Law Society’s governing body held its annual elections on June 23, 2016.

Read the full announcement here.