Paul B. Schabas, Law Society Treasurer

Paul B. Schabas is the Treasurer of the Law Society.Treasuer Schabas_Small

The Treasurer is the highest elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest. The Treasurer presides over Convocation, the Law Society’s governing board, chairing and setting the agenda for its meetings and establishing Convocation committees. The Treasurer is elected each year at the June meeting of Convocation. Treasurers generally serve two terms.

Paul B. Schabas was elected to lead The Law Society of Upper Canada as the 66th Treasurer by its governing body on June 23, 2016. (Read the full list of Treasurers of the Law Society of Upper Canada.)

Treasurer Schabas is a partner and senior trial and appellate counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. Considered 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, judicial independence and access to justice.

He was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. As a bencher, he served as chair of the Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Access to Justice Committee, and the Professional Regulation Committee. He was a member of the Equity and Aboriginal, Tribunals and Finance Committees and the Articling and Mentoring Task Forces.

An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Treasurer Schabas frequently writes and speaks on a variety of legal matters. He is past chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario and a past president of Pro Bono Law Ontario. He was recently named Best Lawyers® 2016 Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for Toronto.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1986, he earned both his LLB and BA (Hon.) from the University of Toronto (1984, 1981).

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