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Inquest Concludes, Closing Submissions May 24

The Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth is adjourned until May 24, 2016, at which time closing submissions will be made and instructions given to the jury.  The evidence portion of the Inquest is now complete.  Lawyers Julian Falconer a...

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Debwewin First Nation Jury Review Committee Meeting April 19-20

The Debwewin First Nation Jury Review Committee meets in Aamjiwnaang, Ontario  April 19-20, 2016. The First Nation Jury Review Committee was one of the key recommendations from Justice Iacobucci’s report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries....

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Thunder Bay Inquest: Update

The Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth continues this week in Thunder Bay.  Lawyers Julian Falconer and Meaghan Daniel, of Falconers LLP, are in attendance on behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. In the News Deep water   Jody Porter, CBC, ...

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Grand Chief Fiddler Testifies at Inquest

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe Aski Nation testified at the Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nation Youth today in Thunder Bay. “The system has failed these families in so many ways, and on so many levels,” the Grand Chief said. ...

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United Church of Canada Rejects Vosper Appeal, Gives No Reasons

After deliberating for more than three months, having received ten volumes of materials consisting of approximately 1700 pages of written submissions, this week the United Church of Canada appeal court (the Judicial Committee Executive) issued a one-page ...

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Thunder Bay Inquest Resumes: Cindy Blackstock, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler to Testify

The Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations youth resumes this week and will include testimony from Cindy Blackstock, President of the First Nations Family and Caring Society, and Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.  The Inquest r...

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Call for Full-Scale Investigation of Racism in Thunder Bay Police Service

Stacy DeBungee Death Triggers Systemic Review Complaint with Ontario Police Complaints Unit (OIPRD)   Thunder Bay police ‘racism’ must be rooted out, lawyer says   See some of the Documents Filed with the Office of the Independent ...

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Racism, Botched Investigations, and Failure to Protect First Nations Youth: Thunder Bay Inquest

CBC news spoke to Maryanne Panacheese about her son, Paul, who was one of seven First Nations youth to die while at school in Thunder Bay.  Paul’s death is currently being examined along with the death of six other First Nations youth at an inquest in...

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Public being “cut out” of Inquest: Falconer

The evidence of NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler was delayed at the Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth, as issues regarding secrecy and cutting out the public from the inquest process were raised before the Coroner. Grand Chief Alvin Fiddle...

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Police shooting of Sammy Yatim: Julian Falconer speaks out on police use of force, accountability

Julian Falconer, of Falconers LLP,  spoke to The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti about his long fight for police accountability on CBC.  Julian has spent more than twenty years seeking accountability for police use of lethal force, beginning with hi...

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What they say about Julian as Bencher

  • The Indigenous Bar Association is pleased to endorse Julian Falconer in his candidacy as a Bencher with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Julian is committed to Aboriginal Justice and supporting diversity among the bar. Julian is an advocate for change and access to justice. It is a pleasure and an honour to endorse Julian Falconer.

    Koren Lightning-Earle
    President, Indigenous Bar Association

  • Please consider casting your vote for Julian Falconer in the Bencher Election. I am a great admirer of Julian’s career, and his pursuit of social justice. We have served as benchers together for four years, and I have been deeply impressed by the many ways in which he has helped to forward equality issues. The legal profession would do well to send him to Osgoode Hall as our representative for another term.

    Constance Backhouse
    Bencher 2003-15, Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

  • The Women in Criminal Law Committee encourages everyone to vote for Julian Falconer so we have a strong voice supporting PLAP and other initiatives to retain and promote diversity in the profession. Julian Falconer was instrumental in ensuring the continuation of the Parental Leave Assistance Program (PLAP). He worked tirelessly to ensure that the motion put forward to Convocation to end the program was defeated. He is keenly aware of the issues facing sole practitioners generally. He understands the challenges, financial and otherwise, facing those who leave practice for a period of time to start a family. PLAP will be back on the LSUC agenda during the next Bencher term.

    Breese Davies
    Sole Practitioner, Vice-President, Criminal Lawyers Association

  • As president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario, I have had the privilege of discussing our issues with Julian and I have carefully followed his progress as a Bencher. Julian has always advocated for the Bar generally. He has supported the Defence bar through his Bencher work particularly by being a strong proponent of programs such as parental leave, Legal Aid, and with innovation as the Chair of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group. I strongly recommend him for re-election. I count on him and you can too.

    Anthony Moustacalis
    President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association

  • Over the years Julian Falconer has been an advocate for Nishnawbe Aski Nation on a variety of issues. In his role as a Bencher, he has established an important bridge between us and the Law Society. Mr. Falconer has helped to create real, purposeful change by challenging the status quo; using his voice to get important issues, especially those affecting Indigenous populations, onto the radar in order to advance the fight for a more just society. He is a fierce and tireless advocate, who holds those in positions of power accountable, and by doing so, creates a more even playing field and increases access to justice for all.

    Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler
    Nishnawbe Aski Nation

  • I support Julian Falconer for Bencher because he is a strong and respectful voice for our Indigenous communities. As a Past President of the Indigenous Bar Association and a legal practitioner for the last seventeen years, I have experienced firsthand Julian’s style of advocacy in respect of Indigenous justice issues. Julian has been at the forefront on key Aboriginal justice issues both provincially and nationally including the Iacobucci Inquiry into Justice Issues in the North and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission litigation regarding residential school survivors. In his capacity as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee Julian has proven to me that he listens and he values the input of the Aboriginal bar. I have no doubt that he will continue to bring a strong voice to issues for Indigenous peoples at Convocation.

    Dianne Corbiere
    Managing Partner, Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Past President of the Indigenous Bar Association

  • I am voting for Julian Falconer for Bencher and I urge you to vote for him. Here is why: I have been a Bencher continuously for the last twenty-five years and became a life bencher in 2007. For the last five years Julian has been a progressive voice at Convocation on a number of important issues. Given the nature of Julian’s practice he has naturally been a voice for small firms and sole practitioners. He has also taken a very strong stand on important social justice issues.

    Paul Copeland
    Bencher, Co-founder of the Law Union of Ontario, Past Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Past Co-President of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted

  • I have known Julian for about 20 years. I have always known him to be supportive of all communities and of issues dealing with equity and fairness. He is committed and is also a fearless champion for the voiceless. I fully support Julian Falconer for Bencher.

    Sandy Thomas
    Former President of CABL Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada

  • As Chair of the Equity Advisory Group, I’ve worked closely with Julian, who co-chairs the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee. Julian has championed the Equity Advisory Group, diversity, and indigenous issues. He is an inclusive and progressive leader who seeks and listens to input from diverse sources for a full appreciation of the issues. As a Bencher, Julian has brought fresh and innovative ideas to the Committee and to Convocation. Julian has my full support for re-election.

    Sandra Nishikawa
    Chair of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society

  • I am proud to have been a friend and colleague of Julian’s for 25 years. I am supporting Julian as a Bencher for several reasons, including his commitment to fearless advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities, his dedication to developing the law and institutional structures to change our society for the better, and his commitment to his work as a Bencher in the last five years.

    Freya Kristjanson
    Counsel to Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP

  • I support Julian Falconer for Bencher.  I was an elected Bencher for fourteen years, and served as Treasurer from 2008-2010.  I have worked with Julian on files including the Ipperwash Inquiry (2004-2007) and the Jury Roll Challenge in the North.  Julian is passionate and committed to equity and diversity in the profession and to serving and ensuring access to justice for all Ontarians.  He brings his compassion and commitment to his work as a Bencher.

    Derry Millar
    Former Treasurer, Law Society, 2008-10, Senior Partner, WeirFoulds LLP


Falconers LLP is a firm specializing in civil, constitutional, and criminal litigation, with a particular focus on state accountability.


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Falconers LLP specializes in civil, constitutional, and criminal litigation, with a particular focus on state accountability.

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