Falconers LLP Lawyers Nominated As Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2017
Today, Falconers LLP lawyers, Julian Falconer and Anthony Morgan were listed among the nominees for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2017. This year, the top 5 lawyers and judges will be picked throughout 5 categories, the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal category is where you can vote for Falconer and Morgan.
Falconer is mentioned for his work as acting counsel to Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Police Service. Most recently, in the Caring Society proceedings before the Canadian Human Rights Commission. This hearing was part an ongoing proceeding that followed the landmark January 26, 2016, decision of the Tribunal in FNs Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Assembly of First Nations v. Canada et al, which found that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (“INAC”) has racially discriminated against 163,000 First Nations children by underfunding child and family services on reserves. He was instrumental in pushing the OIPRD to invoke its system review powers to investigate systemic racism against Indigenous peoples by Thunder Bay Police Service. Falconer was also considered one of the few lawyers currently active who have been more vocal and effective in the last year in serving Indigenous communities.
Morgan is mentioned for his work on eliminating police carding and advocating for Black people and communities in the areas of policing and the broader criminal justice system. Morgan, was also quoted in an article on police oversight published in the April 24, 2017 edition of Law Times. Morgan stated, “considering non-lawyers for the next head of the province’s Special Investigations Unit could help bring more racial diversity. The chance of having police oversight bodies represents the diversity of Ontario’s population severely diminishes as soon as the qualifications for the position are restricted to being a lawyer. By removing this requirement, you open up the opportunity for racialized people to enter the fray, because we know there is an underrepresentation of racialized people within the legal profession. Additionally, he received a Lexpert Zenith award in 2016.
Voting ends June 12, 2017.