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David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights selects John Norris as Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence

June 27, 2013

TORONTO, ON — The Fac­ul­ty of Law’s David Asper Cen­tre for Con­sti­tu­tion­al Rights is pleased to announce that dis­tin­guished crim­i­nal defence and civ­il rights advo­cate John Nor­ris is the Asper Centre’s Con­sti­tu­tion­al-Lit­i­ga­tor-in-Res­i­dence for fall 2013.

Nor­ris, a Toron­to-based crim­i­nal defence lawyer, will teach con­sti­tu­tion­al advo­ca­cy in the Asper Cen­tre clin­ic. Draw­ing upon his exten­sive expe­ri­ence advo­cat­ing for the Char­ter rights of his clients, and upon his aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ence as adjunct fac­ul­ty mem­ber at the Fac­ul­ty of Law, he will men­tor stu­dents on the case files for their clin­ic work. He will also give a pub­lic lec­ture for the ben­e­fit of all of the stu­dents and fac­ul­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to law school.

“John Nor­ris has pro­vid­ed us with his ser­vices on a pro bono basis in the past. We are very pleased to work with him again and to give the stu­dents more time to learn from his exten­sive expe­ri­ence,” says Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Cheryl Milne.

“I have a long­stand­ing affil­i­a­tion with the U of T law school,” says Nor­ris. “I am a grad­u­ate of the school, and I’ve been teach­ing there for more than 15 years. One thing I’ve found per­son­al­ly reward­ing about my work at the law school is that it allows me to bring my prac­tice into the aca­d­e­m­ic envi­ron­ment. This oppor­tu­ni­ty is anoth­er great chance to do that.”

Read his biog­ra­phy.


For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Cheryl Milne
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Asper Cen­tre