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Julian N. Falconer
Julian N. Falconer received his law degree from the University of Alberta and also holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph-Humber.
A major component of his work has involved advocacy in human rights and public interest litigation. Most recently, Falconers LLP has expanded its operations to Thunder Bay where the firm represents Nishnawbe Aski Nation (First Nations government for Northern Ontario), the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, and numerous First Nation remote communities including Sandy Lake First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Lac Suel First Nation. Falconers LLP also represents Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Southern Ontario. The firm is Counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in respect of ongoing document collection litigation.
Julian has acted as counsel for numerous community service organizations including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Julian’s more prominent individual clients have included Maher Arar, who made Canadian legal history in receiving the largest human rights settlement allotted to an individual plaintiff; the family of Ashley Smith, the 19 year who died in custody at Grand Valley Federal Penitentiary; and Adam Nobody and the “Free Press Four” in relation to their unlawful beatings and arrests during the G20 summit in Toronto.
Julian currently acts as Independent Counsel to the Chair of the AG’s Iacobucci Report Implementation Committee and the Falconers team is also providing the legal support to NAN in its ground breaking volunteer jury initiative in northern remote communities (“Operation Invite”), an initiative aimed at redressing the exclusion of Aboriginal communities from jury rolls in Ontario. Falconers LLP also represents the Drennans and other families in their constitutional test case challenging the unbridled proliferation of wind turbines across the province.
Julian is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in that capacity serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. In addition to extensive writings on issues of race and civil liberties, he has also co-authored a book on Coroners Inquests in Ontario.