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Falconer: A “shameful day” for police

After the jury found Cst. James Forcillo guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of Sammy Yatim on January 25, 2016, Sammy’s mother, Sahar Bahadi, read a statement to media.  This was followed by a short question and answer with Julian Falconer,...

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Debwewin First Nation Jury Review Committee Meeting, February 9-10

The Debwewin First Nation Jury Review Committee meets in Kashechewan First Nation, and in Fort Albany, February 9-10. The First Nation Jury Review Committee was one of the key recommendations from Justice Iacobucci’s report, First Nations Representation...

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Inquest Into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth: Update

The Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth continues this week in Thunder Bay.  Lawyers Julian Falconer, Julian Roy, and Meaghan Daniel, of Falconers LLP, are in attendance on behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). Young people in Thunder B...

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Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth: Click Here For Updates

February 1, 2016 The Inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth continues in Thunder Bay, with the conclusion of testimony regarding the death of Jordan Wabasse, followed by Phase 2 of the inquest.  Phase 2 will include testimony from expert wi...

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Police Union Assailed for Same Old Same Old

A bad week for police should have the rank-and-file fuming  Toronto Star,  January 29, 2016 It has been a bad week for Toronto Police.  On Monday of this week, Cst. James Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of Sammy Yatim on a T...

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Jury Finds Officer Guilty of Attempted Murder in Yatim Shooting Death

Today, the jury delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of James Forcillo in the death of Sammy Yatim.  Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder, and not guilty of  second degree murder or manslaughter.  Sammy was shot eight times by Constable ...

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Adam Nobody Appeals Andalib-Goortani Penalty

On behalf of Adam Nobody, lawyers Julian Falconer and Marc Gibson from Falconers LLP have filed a request for leave to appeal the penalty imposed in disciplinary proceedings against Cst. Babak Andalib-Goortani of the Toronto Police Service.  The officer ...

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CSC Leadership Identified as Obstacle to Reform of Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Julian Falconer, lawyer for the Smith family, identified CSC as part of the problem when it comes to the implementation of recommendations from the Inquest into Ashley Smith’s death, stating, “The presence...

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Issues Final Report

Today, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission releases its final report in Ottawa.  Falconers LLP has represented the TRC in respect of a series of document production cases before the Ontario Courts.  Lawyers Julian Falconer, Julian Roy, and Meaghan D...

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Toronto District School Board

There is a culture of fear at the Toronto District School Board that is pervasive at the Trustee, Management and Staff levels and seriously hampers the implementation of helpful and important change that could protect our kids. Extract of recommendations ...

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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.


Good Luck Sam!

  • March 28, 2017

Today, members of Falconers LLP celebrated Samantha Ramage, who is leaving us to begin her own practice in her home community. Sam joined us a second-year Lakehead University student, did her placement with us, and began her legal career as an associate a...

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

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