Members of the Ontario Legal Aid Review
John D. McCamus, Chair
John D. McCamus is a Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, a faculty which he served as Dean from 1982-1987. His educational background includes degrees in philosophy from the universities of Western Ontario and Toronto and in law from the universities of Toronto and London. Prior to joining the faculty at Osgoode, he articled with the Toronto law firm, Fasken & Calvin, and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for Chief Justice Laskin. Professor McCamus served, from 1993 to 1996 as Chair of the Ontario Law Reform Commission. At Osgoode, his principal areas of research and teaching have included private law, especially restitution and contract, commercial law and information practices law. His published work includes a text, co-authored with P.D. Maddaugh, The Law of Restitution (1990).
Susan J. Brenner
Susan J. Brenner is a sole practitioner in Barrie, primarily in the area of family law. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor in 1975. Prior to moving to Barrie, Ms. Brenner was a sole practitioner in Toronto. In 1994, she served as Vice-President of the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyers' Association.
The Honourable Madam Justice Joan L. Lax
Madam Justice Lax is a judge of the Ontario Court (General Division). She was called to the Ontario bar in 1978 and joined the Toronto law firm, Weir & Foulds, where she practised in the courts and before administrative tribunals. In 1986, she was appointed Assistant Dean & Director of Admissions at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto where she was engaged in administration and teaching until she was appointed a judge in January, 1996. From 1991 to 1995, Justice Lax was an elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and served on numerous committees, including the Clinic Funding Committee, which is responsible for the community legal clinic system in Ontario. She chaired this committee from 1993 to 1995. She has also served as a Trustee of the Law Foundation of Ontario as well as on a variety of projects concerned with legal education, public interest advocacy and the justice system.
Sherry Phillips is Director of Community Health Promotion Programmes at the Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre in Toronto. Between 1992 and 1995, Ms. Phillips worked with the National Union of Eritrean Women in Eritrea as a volunteer researcher, project developer and skills trainer. She has also worked as a volunteer, programme coordinator, and Board Member of the Eritrean Relief Association in Canada, Toronto office. Ms. Phillips is in the process of obtaining a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from York University. Ms. Phillips has worked as a teaching assistant with the Department of Anthropology at York and has extensive academic research and volunteer experience.
David I. Richardson
David I. Richardson, a senior partner with Ernst and Young, was appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General in January 1996 as the independent monitor of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan (OLAP). As independent monitor, he works with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ministry of the Attorney General in reviewing and reporting on the Plan's expenditure control mechanisms, management and systems. As the Chair of Ernst & Young Corporate Recovery and Insolvency arm, he specializes in large and complex corporate debt restructuring, and advising governments, secured creditors and debtors on insolvency and re-organization matters generally.
The Honourable Judge Joseph B. Wilson
Judge Joseph Wilson was appointed to the Provincial Court on May 26, 1997. Called to the Bar in 1974, he articled with, and then was a member of, the Barrie law firm of Livingston, Myers and Cockburn. In March of 1975, Judge Wilson set up his own firm in Parry Sound where he had a general practice. Up to the time of his appointment, he also acted as a part-time assistant Crown Attorney, a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court, and the Parry Sound Area Director for the Ontario Legal Aid Plan. He was the President of the Area Directors' Association from 1995 to 1997. Judge Wilson was also a member of the executive of the Parry Sound Law Association since 1980 and Vice-President for the past few years. From January of this year until his appointment, he was the President of that group.
Geoffrey Zimmerman is a Newmarket criminal lawyer and recently held the position of Regional Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association. A graduate of the Faculty of Law at Queen's University, he served as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto from 1986 to 1987. He moved to private practice in 1987, and served as Standing Agent at Newmarket for the federal Department of Justice from 1988 to 1995. Mr. Zimmerman also served as a Director of the York Region Law Association from 1989 to 1991.