Here’s what I’m up to

I’m a research lawyer with the Law Commission of Ontario, currently leading a big law reform project of Ontario laws that shape palliative care, end-of-life care, and medical assistance in dying. We’ve consulted over 500 people at nearly 50 events since the summer of 2017! Check out the discussion paper, or some of LCO’s other nifty projects.

Next up the LCO will be looking at law reform related to digital rights and digital society. What kind of legal regulatory and human rights approaches are important in “smart cities”? Or to guarantee rights in relation to profiling of your online shopping or browsing? Or protections from algorithmic bias in policing and sentencing? I’m really excited about this work!

Earlier in 2016 I helped Legal Aid Ontario launch their first ever province-wide Mental Health Strategy, following a multi-year consultation and development process. The Strategy introduces big picture concepts and concrete improvements to make legal aid work better for people with mental health and addictions issues. A lot of great perspectives went into the multi-year strategy, so check it out.

And this Fall was my sixth year teaching mental health law and advocacy at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. It’s a joy and a privilege to see students who get it and want to make a difference.

Giving talks is also great. Like the CBA Legal Futures Conference in 2014, or making the NY Times in 2013 to advocate for some friends of mine. Woo!

The other big one lately has been building political consensus about the need to protect innocent people from discrimination. We did a lot of work with the police over the last few years, and the government introduced legislation to make it stick. Good stuff.

Most recently I’ve taken a fancy to board gaming with the fam, enjoying new titles like Karuba and Santorini that are great for kids and adults alike. Looking forward to the spring so I can get back to the park with my 6 yr old and 2 yr old and enjoy my mimosa in a thermos like the other parents.

Thanks for visiting!