David has a general civil litigation practice, with a focus on public law, appellate advocacy, minority rights, and the relationship between the citizen and the State. David has acted for multiple Aboriginal clients and school boards.

David has a general civil litigation practice, with a focus on public law, appellate advocacy, minority rights, and the relationship between the citizen and the State. David has acted for multiple Aboriginal clients and school boards. He is currently one of the counsel to the Independent Assessor under the Merlo Davidson class action settlement agreement, who has been appointed to address claims related to gender-based discrimination towards women in the RCMP from 1974 to 2017.

David practices in English and French, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Quebec, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

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David has significant experience in complex litigation. He is counsel of record in the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s complaint before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal concerning the inequities in Canada’s system for providing child and family services (child welfare) on-reserve. The Caring Society’s legal team was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2017 for their work in this matter. David was also a key member of the plaintiffs’ trial team in the most significant comprehensive claim regarding French-language education rights (238 day trial) since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which also involved appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

David began his legal career as a law clerk to Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis of the Supreme Court of Canada.  Prior to beginning his legal career, David spent five years working for the Senate of Canada’s Administrative Branch. David has relied on this experience when advising clients regarding issues concerning parliamentary privilege and parliamentary procedure. While studying at Dalhousie Law School, David received a number of academic awards, including the University Medal in Law.

David leads professional responsibility workshops for the French-language Law Practice Program operating at the University of Ottawa. He also coaches the University of Ottawa’s Coupe Ottawa-Moncton moot team, and regularly judges the Laskin Moot. In his spare time, David curls and trains for marathons. He is currently recovering from his third marathon, and can be found at the rink three nights a week during the curling season.

EDUCATION

LL.B. (Dalhousie University – 2012)

B.A. (University of Ottawa – 2009)

BAR ADMISSION

Ontario 2013

British Columbia 2013

AFFILIATIONS

The Advocates’ Society
The Advocacy Club
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Presentation: “Keeping Francophone Schools Alive: The Importance of Adjusting to Exogamy”, Language Rights Support Program, 2016 Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, October 2016

Presentation: “Limits to Expressing Personally Held Beliefs in the School Context”, Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, 2015 National Conference, Kelowna, May 2015 (with Mark Power, Justin Dubois and Madelaine Mackenzie)

“Then and Now: Necessity, the Charter and Parliamentary Privilege in the Provincial Legislative Assemblies of Canada” 80 The Table (2012) (with Charles Robert)

“Public Law Damages in the Language Rights Context: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Implications of Vancouver (City) v Ward” (2012) 21:3 Educ & LJ 229 (with Mark Power)

Presentation: “Developments in the Remedial Powers Conferred by the Charter: Lessons Learned from Constitutional Cases Involving Equality Rights and Language Rights”, 2012 Canadian Legal Conference, Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver, 14 August 2012

“A Tale of Two Houses: A Comparative Analysis of Upper House Reform in the United Kingdom and Canada” in Sharon Carstairs, ed., Pages of Reflection: A Journal of Essays by Senate Pages, v 2 (Ottawa, 2008) at 52 (with Marc-André Roy)

“Glass Houses: A Critical Analysis of Democracy in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Based on the Procedures and Practices of the Senate of Canada” in Sharon Carstairs, ed., Pages of Reflection: A Journal of Essays by Senate Pages, v 2 (Ottawa, 2008)
“Evaluating the Promise: A Critical Analysis of the Federal Accountability Act” in Sharon Carstairs, ed., Pages of Reflection: A Journal of Essays by Senate Pages, v 2 (Ottawa, 2008)

CASES

Québec (Attorney General) (Ministry of Natural Resources) v Corneau, Quebec Court of Appeal, File number: 0005-MNC (Métis status under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982)

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, 2016 CHRT 2 (discrimination against First Nations children living on reserve (child and family services))

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, 2016 CHRT 10 (immediate relief for First Nations children living on reserve (child and family services))

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, 2016 CHRT 16 (immediate relief for First Nations children living on reserve (child and family services))

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, 2017 CHRT 14 (immediate relief for First Nations children regarding Jordan’s Principle)

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2016 BCSC 1764 (equivalency challenge to ministerial  decisions as they relate to school funding)

Morin v Allison, 2016 BCSC (Vancouver Registry Docket: S165484) (statutory interpretation, school board by-elections)

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2015 BCSC 1555 (inadmissibility of rebuttal evidence)

Bowden Institution v Khadr, 2015 SCC 26 (criminal law, sentencing, international transfer of offenders)

Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 25 (judicial impartiality, section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents and Conseil scolaire francophone de Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia (Education), 2015 SCC 21 (challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to the funding of school facilities)

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2015 BCSC 879 (inadmissibility of expert report)

Spookw v Gitxsan Treaty Society, 2015 BCCA 77 (application for leave to intervene, representation of First Nations in treaty process)

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2014 BCSC 851 (admissibility of expert report)
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2014 BCSC 741 (privilege, production of expert file)

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