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Gowling WLG partner joins Class Proceedings Committee

Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:48 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Sandra Barton is now working with the Class Proceedings Fund as a member of its Class Proceedings Committee.

Sandra Barton

Sandra Barton, Gowling WLG

Barton, a Toronto-based partner at Gowling WLG, has extensive expertise in complex commercial litigation matters, class action defence, professional liability defence and in trademark and copyright disputes. She is also an an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, an instructor in its annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop for lawyers across Canada, and a visiting instructor at the University of Notre Dame. Barton regularly trains lawyers for The Advocates’ Society.

She is succeeding Jasminka Kalajdzic as The Law Foundation of Ontario’s appointee. Kalajdzic, who is an associate professor and associate dean at the University of Windsor, spent six years sitting on the committee.

The Class Proceedings Committee is responsible for making decisions about whether applicant class action plaintiffs will receive support from the Class Proceedings Fund.

The fund provides financial support to approved class action plaintiffs for legal disbursements and indemnifies plaintiffs for costs that may be awarded against them in funded proceedings.

The Law Foundation of Ontario provided a $500,000 endowment to establish the Class Proceedings Fund and supports the work of the Class Proceedings Committee by administering the Class Proceedings Fund. The Class Proceedings Committee has five members, one appointed by each of The Law Foundation of Ontario and the attorney general of Ontario, and three are appointed jointly.