We are pleased to announce that Paul Schabas has been elected to the position of Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).
Paul, a Litigation Partner in our Toronto office, is now the highest elected official of the LSUC, which regulates Ontario’s more than 49,000 lawyers and 7,900 licensed paralegals in the public interest. He is the first Treasurer from Blakes since Firm founder Edward Blake in 1879.
The new position will not affect Paul’s role at Blakes, as he will continue to practise law and be available to his clients.
Paul has been with Blakes since 1988 and his experience spans everything from complex commercial litigation and arbitrations to white collar criminal, tax and regulatory matters — alongside a reputation as one of Canada's leading media and constitutional lawyers. He has argued many seminal cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: developing new law in areas such as defamation, free expression, equality rights, access to justice, pensions and tax law. He was most recently recognized by Best Lawyers as 2016 Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for Toronto.
Paul has been an elected bencher with the LSUC since 2007. As a bencher, he has been chair of the Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Access to Justice Committee and the Professional Regulation Committee. He is also chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario.