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JULIAN N. FALCONER, Falconer Charney LLP

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Bio

 

My son and I skiing
Julian and family

 

Julian Falconer is a husband and father. With his wife and colleague Elisabeth, he has two boys, Ben and Justin. In the true tradition of a Barrister, Julian's practice takes him to civil, administrative and criminal courts at both the trial and appellate level. He has argued cases in both English and French.

A major component of Julian's work has involved advocacy in human rights and public interest litigation. At the institutional level, Julian has been legal counsel to numerous organizations including the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (since 1992), the Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter), various Presbyteries of the United Church of Canada, the St. Elizabeth Home Society (Hamilton, Ontario) and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. He has argued issues of race at the trial and appellate level in both criminal and civil courts.

 

My dad and I
Julian and his father

 

Julian's civil litigation practice includes plaintiff personal injury cases and commercial litigation on behalf of institutional clients as well as individuals. Julian's practice has also included acting as counsel for lawyers on matters ranging from partnership disputes to contempt proceedings and personal costs applications. His practice includes an emphasis on public interest litigation triggering issues of state accountability at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Julian's individual clients have included many families who have lost loved ones at the hands of the state, for example, police shootings and prison deaths. Julian's more notable work at the inquest and inquiry level has included acting on the Ipperwash Inquiry into the Death of Dudley George as well as the Coroners' Inquests into the Deaths of Lester Donaldson, Robert Gentles, Edmund Yu and Wayne Williams. Julian is also currently acting for Maher Arar in respect of his wrongful abduction and international torture claims against federal authorities respecting his 13 month detention and torture in Syria. He is also currently counsel to Joseph Pannell whose extradition is being sought by the United States in respect of an alleged 1969 shooting of a Chicago police officer.

 

Family Dinner
Julian and family

 

Julian's academic publications include writings in constitutional law, issues of race and the justice system and Coroners Inquests. Julian currently Co-Chairs (with Chief Bill Blair of the Toronto Police Service) the Saving Lives Implementation Group: a Committee struck with the Toronto Police Services Board to implement key reforms in the area of Alternatives to the Use of Lethal Force by Police. Some of Julian's more renowned clients led a December 2000 National Post profile to describe him as a "Voice for the Powerless". He is a recipient of Pride Magazine's African Canadian Achievement Award; the Vision of Justice Award by the Black Law Students Association of Canada; and the Urban Alliance Race Relations Medal. Julian was also honoured by the University of Toronto as one of the twentieth century's 100 most notable graduates for his work on social change in the context of Coroners Inquests.

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Honours

Maher Arar
Julian and Mayor David Miller at the Urban Alliance Awards Dinner

 

  • Named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada
  • Honored by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) for his Distinguished Public Service
  • Honored by Planet Africa Group with the prestigious Marcus Garvey Award
  • Selected as one of University of Toronto's 100 most notable graduates of the twentieth century
  • Pride Magazine's African-Canadian Achievement Award
  • The Vision of Justice Award (Black Law Students Association-Canada)
  • Urban Alliance Race-Relations Medal
  • Recognized in Who's Who in Black Canada 2, Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada, A Contemporary Directory, D.P. Williams & Associates 2007

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Publications

  • Civil Liability of Police Services to Members of Public, prepared for Police Law Conference, 2010
  • Civil Remedies for Internal Disputes, prepared for Police Law Conference, 2010

  • Annotated Coroners Act, 2008/2009, Julian N. Falconer and Peter Pliszka, Butterworths, Updated 2008.

  • The five W’s of litigating issues of race, prepared for Crown Liability Conference, 2008.

  • State Misconduct: A Continuum of Accountability, Honoring Social Justice, 2008

  • The Anti-Terrorist Act and the Arar Finding-Democracy protected or Democracy Eroded, National Journal of Constitutional Law, 2006-2007

  • Hufsky v. The Queen and Leave in Ladouceur: What’s Left?, The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 4, September 1988, Canada Law Book

  • The Alert Demand and the Right to Counsel: "The Problem With Talbourdet", The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 3, June 1986, Canada Law Book Inc.

  • The Justice System: Is it Serving or Failing Minorities?, Current Readings in Race Relations, Volume 8, No. 2, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

  • Litigating Race in the Criminal Courts, Boyle, Christine et al, The Law of Evidence, Fact Finding, Fairness, and Advocacy, Edmond Montgomery Publications Limited, Toronto, Canada

  • The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 4, September 1988, Canada Law Book, "Hufsky v. The Queen and Leave in Ladouceur: What’s Left?"
  • The Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 3, June 1986, Canada Law Book Inc., The Alert Demand and the Right to Counsel: "The Problem With Talbourdet"
  • Currents, Readings in Race Relations, Volume 8, No. 2, The Justice System: Is it Serving or Failing Minorities?, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
  • Boyle, Christine et al, The Law of Evidence, Fact Finding, Fairness, and Advocacy, "Litigating Race in the Criminal Courts” Edmond Montgomery Publications Limited, Toronto, Canada

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Lectures/Speaking Engagements

Julian has been invited to address a wide variety of participants in the justice system. The following are some of the organizations he has addressed:

  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
  • Dalhousie University, Faculty of Law
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, LLM
  • The Advocates’ Society Lecture Series
  • American Bar Association
  • Black Law Students’ Association
  • The Canadian Institute
  • Canadian Police Executive Training
  • Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (Osgoode Hall)
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Federal Department of Justice – Annual Prosecution Seminar
  • The Jane Finch Concerned Citizens Organization
  • Law Commission of Canada
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Conference of Judges – Ontario Court of Justice
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Parkdale Community Legal Services
  • The Empire Club
  • The Police Association of Ontario
  • Ryerson Polytenic University – Social Sciences
  • Speakers Series for the Court of Appeal Law Clerks
  • Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators
  • Toronto Police Service (Sex Crimes Unit)
  • Toronto School Administrators Association

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Committees (Past and Present)

  • Legal Aid Ontario, Criminal Law Advisory Committee
  • Co-Chair (with Chief Bill Blair, Toronto Police Service), Saving Lives Implementation Group
  • Co-Chair, The Conference on Alternatives to the Use of Lethal Force by Police
  • Co-Chair, CBAO, Constitutional and Civil Liberties Section
  • Director's Resource Committee for the Special Investigations Unit

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> Endorsements

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)
Black Business and Professional Association (B.B.P.A.)
Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA)
Law Union of Ontario

 

+ See List of Individual Supporters

 

> quotable quotes

"I invite you: Become the pioneer. Become the trailblazer. It's time."

Julian Falconer, Law Society Keynote Address - February 2011

"There is the right to remain silent. But there is no right to remain hidden."

Julian Falconer, G20: Adam Nobody Case - December 2010

"The officers' conduct (and that of their superiors) in relation to the SIU investigations, is with respect, embarrassing to the administration of justice."

Julian Falconer, Schaeffer-Minty Police Notes Case - May 2010

"What if the officers are innocent? Clear them. Vindicate them. You make sure one way or the other the truth is told."

Julian Falconer, Toronto Drug Squad Special - December 2009

"It is inexcusable that anyone with any sense of compassion or morality, would prefer to avoid discipline and watch someone die."

Julian Falconer, Ashley Smith Press Conference - March 4, 2009

"This is nothing less than a triumph of innocence."

Julian Falconer, Maher Arar Settlement Press Conference - January 2007


> Awards & Recognition

Recipient of Planet Africa Group's prestigious Marcus Garvey Award
Recipient of Pride News Magazine's African Canadian Achievement Award
University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award for Community Contribution
University of Toronto Recognition: One of the 100 Most Notable Graduates of the 20th Century

 

 

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