The Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture was established in memory of the late Morris A. Gross by the law firm Minden Gross LLP and by members of his family, friends and professional associates. The intention of the lectureship is to, every two years, bring to the Faculty of Law a distinguished scholar or a member of the practising bar or bench for discussion with the student body and Faculty, and to deliver the bi-annual Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture.

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"Building Public Trust and Confidence in Policing"

Justice Michael H. Tulloch, Court of Appeal for Ontario

The Hon. Michael H. Tulloch

Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

 Introduction by Professor Kent Roach, author of Canadian Policing: Why and How It Must Change (Irwin Law Inc. 2022)

In 2016, Chief Justice Tulloch was appointed by the Ontario government to conduct important reviews which resulted in two extensive reports: the 2017 Report of the Independent Police Oversight Review (PDF) and the 2018 Report of the Independent Street Checks Review. He served on the Government Response Team for the Commission on Systemic Racism while working as a Crown Attorney. He was also chair of a review panel on Osgoode Hall Law School’s admissions policy in 2006.

Chief Justice Tulloch served as a member of the Ontario Superior Court Education Committee, the National Judicial Institute, and the Commissioner’s Judicial Advisory Committee on International Engagement. He was a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Centre of Law and Policy at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). He was a founding member and a patron of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Board to the Black Business and Professional Association. He has been a frequent speaker in various postsecondary institutions as well as professional and community forums.

Chief Justice Tulloch was born in Jamaica. He holds a BA from York University and a LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also received honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD) degrees from the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), the University of Guelph, and the Law Society of Ontario, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity (Hon. DD) degree from Tyndale University and Seminary. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1991 and was first appointed to the bench in 2003 when he was named judge of the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario. In 2012, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and was recently named Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal.

The Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture is convened by the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and is open to all members of U of T and the legal community.

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See the Morris A. Gross Memorial lecture archives to find out information about past lectures, including in some cases a description, the text, or a video of the lecture.