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Ex-dean of Osgoode Hall appointed to Court of Appeal for Ontario

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 2:45 PM | By John Chunn


The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Nov. 26 that Lorne Sossin, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Justice Sossin replaces Justice J. Michal Fairburn (Toronto), who was appointed associate chief justice of Ontario effective Sept. 2, 2020.

According to the DOJ press release, Justice Sossin was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in 2018. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992 and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1996. He holds doctorates in political science from the University of Toronto (1993) and in law from Columbia University (1999).

At the time of his appointment to the Superior Court of Justice, Justice Sossin had been dean of Osgoode Hall Law School since 2010. He had previously held several positions at Osgoode Hall Law School (1999-2001) and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (2002-2010). Prior to that, he had been an associate with Borden & Elliott (now Borden Ladner Gervais), after serving as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. As dean, Justice Sossin promoted initiatives for accessibility in legal education, the expansion of legal clinics and experiential learning, community engagement and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Justice Sossin has contributed as a board member to numerous organizations, including the National Judicial Institute, The Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Commission of Ontario. He also served as the vice-chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board, and as the integrity commissioner and the open meeting investigator for the City of Toronto. Justice Sossin has been active in a number of community organizations, including serving as chair of the Reena Foundation’s board of directors.