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Police tactic, “Project Drive Thru” lacks accountability and can lead to discrimination

In a June 14, 2018, article by Vice News it is reported that the police in the city of Burlington, have formalized “Project Drive Thru,” an initiative that rewards fast-food drive-thru employees for calling the police on suspected intoxicated...

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James Forcillo, Cop who Killed Sammy Yatim, Admits Perjury, Gets 6 More Months in Jail

Jailed Toronto police officer, James Forcillo, was remanded in custody Friday, May 4, 2018, to May 31, 2018 to face charges of perjury, obstruct justice and breaching his bail conditions. Today, a Toronto judge added six months onto Forcillo’s six-year...

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Beyond the Indian Act NAN Summit

From May 23-24, 2018, the Summit “determiNATION,” will bring together thinkers and leaders in Ottawa, to create a framework for decolonization. Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (“NAN”) legal counsel, Julian Falconer, and Falconers LLP...

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Falconair Makes Treaty Three Territory Visit – Rainy River First Nations

Falconers LLP lawyers, Julian Falconer and Asha James, flew via Falconair to Kenora ON, to provide legal support to the Treaty Three Police Services Board and the Rainy River First Nations community.

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Falconers LLP Lawyer featured on CBC’s Metro Morning Segment

On May 14, 2018, Falconers LLP lawyer, Akosua Matthews was featured on CBC’s Metro Morning segment, hosted by Matt Galloway. Ms. Matthews has been working in the area of Indigenous Child Welfare, before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, on behalf ...

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National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

In response to calls for action from Indigenous families, communities and organizations, as well as non-governmental and international organizations, the Government of Canada launched an entirely independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indi...

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A New NAPS: NAN / NAPS Sign Historic Agreement

Today,  NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Board Chair Mike Metatawabin, and NAPS Chief of Police Terry Armstrong, announced to the Chiefs in Assembly “A New Tripartie Agreement: A New NAPS.” Falconers LLP has been the legal / negotiation suppor...

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NAN Chiefs Spring Assembly 2018

Today, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) opens its Chiefs Spring Assembly in the traditional territory of Mattagami First Nation at the Senator Hotel & Conference Centre in Timmins, ON. The assembly will be held on May 8, 9 & 10, 2018. Jul...

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TPS Officer Forcillo Remanded in Custody for Breaching Bail, Obstruction and Perjury Charges

May 4, 2018: Jailed Toronto police officer, James Forcillo, was remanded in custody Friday, May 4, 2018, to May 31, 2018 to face charges of perjury, obstruct justice and breaching his bail conditions, as reported by the Toronto Star. Court of Appeal Dism...

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APTN Investigative Report: Racism in the Ranks

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the APTN National News’ released its investigative report: ‘APTN Investigates: Racism in the Ranks’. This report covers the prevalent issue of racism, misconduct, and lack of accountability in the RCMP. In Febr...

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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.


Indigenous Justice Forum takes place in Vancouver, BC

  • September 28, 2018

Friday, September 28th, 2018: Today, the Indigenous Justice Forum is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Falconers LLP lawyer, Julian Falconer is in attendance and will be presenting at 11:15 am PT (2:15 pm ET) on Indigenous Representation on Jur...

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Nishnawbe-Aski Police Chief Terry Armstrong Retires

  • August 29, 2018

Published on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018, CBC article, “Nishnawbe-Aski Police Chief Retires with ‘No Regrets’ after over 30 Years in Policing.” Chief Terry Armstrong is hanging up his badge after a long career in policing. Throughout the year...

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

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